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Archive for the ‘Flooding’ Category

New Mexico Flash Flooding

Monday, November 28th, 2011

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.

West Pittston Library Flooding

Wednesday, September 14th, 2011

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:






Middletown Public Library

Saturday, September 10th, 2011

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:

The library will be closed Saturday September 10th due to flooding on our main floor.  We are working on getting this cleaned up and thank all of the volunteers that have been coming in to help!

You can return items to our outside bookdrop or click on “Your Account” above to renew items.  You may see a notice regarding our security certificate when you access your account.  This is due to server issues we are currently experiencing.  Please be assured that the site is safe to use.

Items not accepted in our bookdrop that are due this week will be given a grace period with no fines due.  If you have any questions, or have trouble renewing items, feel free to email us

If you need to do research and can’t get into the library, we encourage you to try our new EBSCO online resources by clicking EBSCO Host above.  You will be amazed at what you will find!


Is flooding keeping you from getting your favorite books?  Did you know that if you have a library card, you can now download e-books, as well as audiobooks, right from our website?  Click on the Overdrive link and get started today!  And KIDS: try our Tumblebooks E-Books!

Fires and Flooding

Thursday, September 8th, 2011

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.