Summary of Events and Activities
The following is an account of the events that unfolded beginning on June 25, 1993, followed by statistics regarding the resulting recovery and salvaging activities. This water event was our first major collection emergency to affect the library since its opening in 1940.
DAY 1: June 25, 1993
3:00 a.m. - Penn State janitorial crew found water rushing into Stacks Level 2 of Central Pattee. A 12-inch water main pipe had erupted on Curtin Road (behind the library) with such force that asphalt and dirt had been spewed up from the road.
3:22 a.m. - PSU Police Services contacted library personnel and alerted them to the situation.
3:30 a.m. - Library personnel arrived at Pattee Library and discovered the building had received a rush of 890,000 gallons of water. Floodwater had seeped under a loading dock door in West Pattee, spread into the Literature Room and out into the stairwell between West and Central Pattee, and rushed into Stacks Level 2. Water had also collected in a window well along the north face of Central Pattee. The weight of the standing water caused the window to break, releasing hundreds of gallons of water into Stacks Level 2 and, from there, down the stairs into Stacks Level 1 Core.
What they found...