I don’t think of New Mexico as a disaster-prone state, so last week’s FEMA announcement of disaster aid for flash flooding in August caught my attention. Flash flooding, which is defined as a flood developing within 6 hours, is particularly dangerous in desert areas where there is poorly absorbent, clay-like soil (Wikipedia). Here’s some raw video of flooding near Cochiti, New Mexico.
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The West Pittston Library, near Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania, was badly damaged by last week’s flooding. The Times-Leader reports that they lost about 14,000 books and all their furniture and computers. In addition, they had to purchase a freezer to house their soaked historical materials. Click on the following URL to read about the state of the library in the Times-Leader:
To see pictures of the flooding, click on this link for their Facebook page:
I’ve been following the flooding situation in Pennsylvania and looking for examples of libraries reaching out to their patrons. Christine Porter, director of the Middletown Public Library, has been using the library’s website, Facebook page, and Twitter feed, to keep library patrons informed of library cleanup efforts and the availability of online services. Here’s some text from their home page:
Fires and flooding are currently causing many folks to evacuate their homes in areas of Texas and along the Susquehanna River in New York and Pennsylvania. (The flood level at my hometown, Bloomsburg, Pennsylvania, which sits along the Susquehanna, is expected to crest tomorrow morning near the record level set back in 1972 by Hurricane Agnes.) Anxiety, the need for information, and a strong desire for things to return to normal, often accompany displaced families. As libraries continue to build service continuity plans and become aware of the many roles they can play in a disaster situation, the emotional impact of disasters on communities will be lessened.