Frankfort, KY – There was a serious water leak over the weekend at the Kentucky Libraries and Archives building in Frankfort. But as Kentucky Public Radio's Tony McVeigh reports, the state's rare documents are safe.
A water line leading to the archives' microfilm processor burst over the weekend, and leaked water into the research room for about an hour before being discovered. State Archivist Barbara Teague says some state periodicals were damaged, but none of the state's rare documents were affected. "Everything is fine. Some of the things that were damaged are our newer publications. We found the leak fairly quickly."
Teague says around 30-thousand documents got wet, but only two or three are a total loss. The state's rare documents are stored on the third floor. The water leak was on the second floor and affected areas below.