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[PADG:232] Re: FW: Bad news from the University of Hawaii

Quick update:
most of the library collections are safe.  we lost everying in the
ground floor (basement) including gov docs, cataloging, serials, and
acquisition work areas.
we are saving 90,000 aerial photos.  They are covered with mud and all
require hand washing.  We will have to freeze a good portion of them
shortly and treat them later.
all the maps identified as rare/special have been pulled out of the mud
hole that we used to call our ground floor, and have been rised in their
map drawers and placed in a freezer.
mold in hawaii is our no. one issue to prevent, and take the recovery in
more bite size pieces.
we have no electricity.  our lab is on the 5th floor. 
life in the tropics!

Lynn Ann Davis
Head, Preservation Department
University of Hawaii at Manoa Library
2550 McCarthy Mall
Honolulu, Hawaii 96822
Phone:  (808) 956-8539
FAX:    (808) 956-5968

----- Original Message -----
From: "Drewes, Jeanne" <drewes@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
Date: Tuesday, November 2, 2004 4:02 am
Subject: [PADG:230] FW: Bad news from the University of Hawaii

> Jeanne Drewes
> Assistant Director for Access & Preservation
> Michigan State University Libraries
> 100 Library Room W-108A
> East Lansing, MI 48824-1048
> 517 4326123 ext. 147  
> NEW!!    FAX 517 353 8969
> drewes@xxxxxxx
> http://www.lib.msu.edu/drewes
> HONOLULU, Hawaii (AP) -- Heavy rain sent water as much as 8 feet deep
> rushing through the University of Hawaii's main research library,
> destroying irreplaceable documents and books, toppling doors and 
> walls and
> forcing a few students to break a window to escape.
> Ten inches of rain fell in 24 hours starting Saturday morning in 
> the Manoa
> Valley near Waikiki. Several cars were carried downstream when Manoa
> Stream overflowed its banks, and a school and church that were 
> supposed to
> serve as polling places for Tuesday's election also were damaged.
> Gov. Linda Lingle toured the university Sunday and declared Manoa 
> Valley a
> state disaster area.
> The library's ground floor was a jumble, with walls knocked down and
> furniture piled up, said librarian Diane Perushek. The water also left
> several inches of mud.
> "Our lowest level of the library, the ground floor, is decimated,"
> Perushek said. "We're seeing what we can retrieve now."
> Several people attending a small class on the ground floor 
> Saturday night
> had to knock out a window to escape the flash flood, Perushek 
> said. No one
> was hurt.
> About three dozen university buildings, including dormitories, 
> lost power
> and Monday's classes were canceled.
> The damaged items contained mostly maps, some 90,000 aerial 
> photographs, a
> government document collection and about 100,000 new books that 
> had not
> been catalogued, she said.
> Two refrigerated trucks were brought to campus Sunday to help 
> salvage the
> soaked documents.
> "We've already started putting materials in there to freeze dry them,"
> Perushek said.

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