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FVRL’s Operations Center flooded due to water main break

    City of Vancouver

    On Saturday, October 3, Fort Vancouver Regional Libraries was alerted by contractors working on the new school behind FVRL’s Operations Center in Vancouver that they broke an 18” water main. The lower floor of the Operations Center was flooded to about two and a half feet, and our vehicle bays and loading docks were swamped out even higher. The areas affected housed our fleet and facilities, IT, collection development operations, storage, and mailroom functions as well as several library vehicles. Though the top floor of the building was not damaged, the building's power and HVAC systems were affected.

    The library district is still working to assess the damage​, though it is extensive​. The focus for the next few days will be to drain and dry out the building, as well as plan for moving services to other locations if needed. Because the Operations Center is the hub for the district’s 15 locations, this will likely cause some lag in library services such as processing of holds for curbside pickup at library branches as well as sending of books by mail. The district is prioritizing patron-facing services as part of the recovery process.

    Thank you for your patience as we react to this loss and the disruption of our centralized services.