Water-Damaged Phoenix Library to Stay Closed Until June

PHOENIX (AP) — Phoenix’s main public library won’t reopen until next June, nearly a year after it was heavily damaged by water from a corroded fire-sprinkler pipe that burst during a July monsoon storm.

City Manager Ed Zuercher (ZEHR’-kehr) also says inspection reports from recent years warned of pipe corrosion but that those reports weren’t shown to top officials.

Zuercher says officials are trying to determine why that wasn’t done.

He says the city can pay the estimated repair costs at $6 million to $8 million from reserves and insurance payouts.

The library has been closed since the July 15 storm damaged the 25-year-old building’s roof above the fifth-floor fire suppression system.

The city is expanding hours in branches closest to downtown and moving materials from the main library to branches.

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