1760FW: [MSN:15584] Water Pipe Break Floods Burpee Museum
- Dec 27, 2013
Water Pipe Break Floods Burpee Museum
· Water Pipe Break Floods Burpee Museum 10pm
· Flood at Burpee Museum
ROCKFORD (WIFR) -- Employees at the Burpee Museum are working quickly to save what they could after a water pipe burst, flooding the building and many of its valuable items.
Staff and volunteers tried to save dinosaur bones and animals specimen, which were mostly stored in the museum's basement. This was all done after a water pipe near the main entrance busted sometime between Monday night and early Thursday morning when the museum was closed for the holidays.
Staff moved birds, lions and dinosaur bones into a dry room. Although the floors were wet, most of the exhibits upstairs are said to be okay. The items damaged the most are the ones held in the basement's storage directly below the burst pipe. The museum has about 100,000 historic artifacts in the basement. It is unknown how many of those items were damaged.
The museum worked as late as they could to move everything into a dry area. They are still drying the floors. As of right now, the museum will be closed until at least Sunday.
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