Water-damaged Phoenix library to stay closed until June

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A view of the 5th floor of the library during a storm damage tour on Aug. 18. (Source: 3TV/CBS 5) A view of the 5th floor of the library during a storm damage tour on Aug. 18. (Source: 3TV/CBS 5)
A view of the 5th floor of the library during a storm damage tour on Aug. 18. (Source: 3TV/CBS 5) A view of the 5th floor of the library during a storm damage tour on Aug. 18. (Source: 3TV/CBS 5)
Library storm damage tour on Aug. 18. (Source: 3TV/CBS 5) Library storm damage tour on Aug. 18. (Source: 3TV/CBS 5)
Library storm damage tour on Aug. 18. (Source: 3TV/CBS 5) Library storm damage tour on Aug. 18. (Source: 3TV/CBS 5)
Library storm damage tour on Aug. 18. (Source: 3TV/CBS 5) Library storm damage tour on Aug. 18. (Source: 3TV/CBS 5)
PHOENIX (AP) -

Phoenix's main public library won't reopen until next June, nearly a year after it was heavily damaged by water from a corroded fire-sprinkler pipe that burst during a July monsoon storm, the city's top administrator said Friday.

City Manager Ed Zuercher also disclosed that inspection reports from recent years warned of pipe corrosion in Burton Barr Central Library's fire-suppression system but that those reports weren't shown to top officials or acted upon.

An investigation is underway to determine why that wasn't done and disciplinary action may result, Zuercher said.

"I'm very angry and disappointed, said Zuercher. "My daughters grew up coming to this library. I know what it means to people and the fact that it's not available that's not why were serve the public. We serve the public to have the public in our facilities. I'm extremely upset and disappointed that somebody didn't do their job."

Zuercher said officials are trying to determine why that wasn't done.

It's possible that some people will face consequences once an investigation is complete.

[SLIDESHOW: Check out the damage and work underway]

[RAW VIDEO: City Manager Ed Zuercher's statement on Burton Barr Central Library damage-Aug. 18, 2017]

[RAW VIDEO: Tour of Burton Barr Library damage - Aug. 18, 2017 - Part 1]

Repairs will include replacing the roof, the fire sprinkler system and other parts of the building and are estimated to cost $6 million to $8 million, an expense that will be covered by reserves and insurance payouts, Zuercher said.

The library has been closed since the July 15 storm damaged the 25-year-old building's roof above the fifth-floor fire suppression system.

The corroded pipe was the primary cause for the water damage, but the cause of the corrosion isn't yet known, Zuercher said.

The city manager said fire-suppression system normally doesn't have water in it, but it was filled automatically when the roof tiles lifted by storm winds fell back down and dislodged dust and debris that the system's sensors took for smoke.

With Burton Barr closed, the city has moved library staff to the system's 15 branches while expanding hours in branches nearest to downtown and moving books and other materials from the main library to branches.

Library officials previously said the flooding damaged approximately 6,000 books, a small percentage of the main library's 500,000-book collection.

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[RAW VIDEO: Tour of Burton Barr Library damage - Aug. 18, 2017 - Part 2]

[RAW VIDEO: Tour of Burton Barr Library damage - Aug. 18, 2017 - Part 3]

[RAW VIDEO: Burton Barr Central Library briefing - Aug. 18, 2017]

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