Excessive rain in metro Detroit more than a week ago damaged homes, flooded freeways and hit Detroit cultural institutions.
"Some of the damage was from rainwater, but a lot of damage was also done by water that came up through the floor drains from the sewage system. In other words, raw sewage," Bellant said.
The estimated cost to repair the damages at the main branch is
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Mold is a concern, Bellant said.
"We can replace the carpet. But we've got to fight the mold — the prospect of mold. And that's why we want to make sure it's a completely safe building before we open it," he said.
The main branch was expected to be closed through Monday, but will now be closed through the summer.
Other branches, including Conley, Duffield, Bowen and Parkman, saw some flood damage. These branches were already shuttered as part of the library's COVID-19 pandemic closures.
The closure of the main branch comes as most
The library says it plans to reopen all of its branch locations by
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