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Repairs Completed at the Bettendorf Library


Nearly six months after water from a broken pipe flooded the Bettendorf Library, repairs are complete. The library and city officials held a ribbon cutting Monday morning to celebrate.

Library director Sue Mannix says the May 20th accident, or "water emergency" as she calls it, mainly affected the front entrance, circulation services area, and upstairs of the building. And her main concern was how long it would take to re-open.

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Cutting the ribbon (l to r) Library Dir. Sue Mannix, Library Bd. Pres. Tom Cruise, Mayor Bob Gallagher.

"It took 11 days for us to re-open to the public. We were able to take services and essentially flip them from the front of the library to the back of the library. We opened the back entrance and re-arranged all of our traffic flow."

During the repairs, she says the summer reading programs were moved to nearby Bettendorf High School, but nearly every other library service was available. 

The cost of the repairs was about 400,000 dollars - city staff say insurance will cover all but 50,000 which is the city's deductible.

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