Water line forces library closure

ModestoAugust 22, 2013 

— The downtown Modesto library was closed today because of a leak in the main water line, officials said.

Shortly before 9:30 a.m., water was seen flowing through a crack near the 15th Street entrance to the library parking lot, said Susan Lilly, spokeswoman for Stanislaus County libraries.

Water to the building was shut off and county library employees took the day off or worked at other branches. Patrons were turned away by a sign at the front doors.

A contractor was working to repair the water line, and officials expect the Modesto library will be open Saturday. None of the 13 branch libraries are open on Fridays.

"They will check everything tomorrow to make sure (the repairs) are holding," Lilly said. "At this point, it looks like we will be able to open Saturday."

A crew working in a trench behind the library stopped work this afternoon while waiting for parts.

The contractor expected to have repairs completed by this evening. The water line will be inspected Friday before the asphalt is redone, Lilly said.

The Modesto branch is the county's main library and also has offices for library administration.

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