Flooding Closes Orangeburg Library

Orangeburg, SC (WLTX) - Orangeburg County's public library is currently closed due to water damage caused by Monday night's flooding.

A cleaning company and staff were inside the building vacuuming the carpet and using fans to remove excess water that had gotten inside the structure.

Employees were actually at the building when the waters started rising Monday, which proved to be a good thing, as they were able to get computers and other equipment off the ground before they could be damaged.

"Probably a 1,000 people come in here a day, and we have a public computer lab people use and it is constantly filled all day long," says Debra Allen, the Assistant Director for the Orangeburg County Library. "When you're applying for jobs and filling out resumes, it has to be done online, so they rely on us for them to have computers to use.

The library is expected to remain closed through Thursday, which could be a problem for some grade school students. Summer reading lists are supposed to be completed by Saturday, and many students were counting on having the library to finish their work.

The National Weather Service reports that 8.91 inches of rain fell in the city over about a five hour period Monday. Water damage was also reported at the county courthouse.

While the water has receded, city crews did have to go out Tuesday morning to repair damage caused to some roads.


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