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The Main Library in Newton is expected to open its children and teen sections next week following repairs for extensive water damage.
Heavy rain on Aug. 18 and 19 caused water to leak inside the library, which damaged several paperback books, as well as the libraryâ€™s carpet and molding around the ceiling.
â€śWeâ€™re hoping (to reopen) sometime early next week,â€ť said Lynne Reed, Main Library branch manager.
The carpet surrounding the area needs replacement from water damage.
â€śAmazingly, very few books were damaged,â€ť Reed said. â€śWater just came in and poured down on the area.â€ť
A boot fits down over the buildingâ€™s air pipe, and during the rain, the boot slipped off and allowed the water to leak inside the building, Reed said.
Funding to pay for repairs will come from the buildingâ€™s maintenance budget.
â€śWeâ€™re hoping insurance will pay for some of the costs,â€ť said Catawba County Finance Manager Rodney Miller.
The county hasnâ€™t received a bill for the clean-up services, but Miller said each county building has allocated funds for building maintenance and repair.
Miller said the Main Library hasnâ€™t had water damage before, but another county building experienced water damage from extensive rain.