FONDA — The Frothingham Free Library will be closed for the foreseeable future, following flooding that was discovered Friday.
Wade Abbott, a spokesman for the Mohawk Valley Library System, said the source of the flooding has not been determined, but that the issue was exacerbated by a fire in a nearby building last Tuesday.
That fire occurred at Mancini Motors and Mancini Heating Oil Inc., which sits across Midway Alley from the rear of the library’s building on West Main Street in Fonda. The fire gutted both Mancini buildings, and the library building was evacuated after the flames began blistering the paint of the library building and broke a window.
Abbott said library staff were in and out of the building Wednesday and Thursday and discovered an inch of water on the library’s main floor Friday morning (the building does not have a basement).
“So they’re not really entirely sure what caused the flooding,” Abbott said. “The insurance company and a plumber are working together to find the source of the flooding.”
Abbott said library officials do not have a timeline for when the building will reopen.
“I think it depends how quickly they can get everything dried out and put back together,” he said.
Some library programming, including the summer reading program, will continue at the nearby Fonda Reformed Church hall at 19-21 Broadway. To see the library’s revised schedule, visit fonlib.blogspot.com. Updates can also be found on the library’s Facebook page.
Abbott said the flooding did not damage any of the library’s books, but the carpet and some shelving…
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