Storm Damage at NYU Library Offers Lessons for Disaster Planning in the Stacks - Libraries - The Chronicle of Higher Education
by Jennifer Howard
November 12, 2012
If a burst pipe can seriously damage library collections and facilities, consider what a monster storm can do. When Hurricane Sandy struck New York City on October 30, powerful winds and higher-than-usual tides sent a 14-foot surge of water from the East River through New York University's Langone Medical Center, shutting down the hospital, drowning thousands of mice and rats used in research, and swamping the Ehrman Medical Library.
"The force of the water was tremendous," said Paula De Stefano, head of the university's preservation and conservation department. "Furniture was moved, metal was twisted. It was really pretty amazing." Read more...