Flood at Library and Archives Canada

A broken water pipe flooded the main building of Library and Archives Canada in Ottawa early Tuesday morning, closing the building and causing a small amount of damage to some books.

Firefighters were called to the building shortly after 2 a.m. when a pipe broke near the men’s washroom on the second floor of the Wellington Street building, setting off an alarm.

The building remained closed to its 275 employees at 7:30 a.m. as fire crews continued to pump water out from the lower floors where some books are kept and where the water collected after cascading down from the source.

The water caused “minimal damage” to the collection, said Doug Rimmer, assistant deputy minister of programs and services at Library and Archives Canada.


Autor: Klaus Graf

Historiker und Archivar, Blogger

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