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What happened at the Cedar Rapids Public Library (CRPL), IA? In floods that began June 11, CRPL’s 85,000 square foot main branch saw its first floor inundated with five feet of water, essentially ruining the entire adult collection. The building and the rest of the collection are salvageable, but recovery is still in the early stages.
LJ’s Norman Oder spoke to Marie DeVries about the damage to the library and city and the efforts to restore service in a still-chaotic environment. Also see photos of the library's interior.