Water main break floods museum

Linda Gallagher, Contributing Writer

Courtesy photo

Pictured are some of the items housed in the Bellaire Historical Museum, which was flooded last Thursday after a water main break in the alley behind the Bellaire Community Hall. Although most of the items in the museum were not affected by the flood, antique rugs such as the carpet shown in the photo and items standing on the concrete floor may have been damaged, according to volunteers.


BELLAIRE – A water main break in the early hours of Thursday, June 7 sent water pouring into the basement of the Bellaire Community Hall, forcing volunteers to scramble to save artifacts located in the Bellaire Historical Museum housed in the facility’s lower level.

Water levels on the concrete floor of the museum reached a depth of an inch or so, said museum volunteer Kathy McPherson, who stated that volunteers Bev and Dean Johnson discovered the flood that morning.

"The water covered about three-quarters of the museum's floor," McPherson said. 

While museum volunteers removed everything standing in water or sitting on the floor to drier areas, DPW staff worked to stop the flow of water into the building and repair the water main break, which occurred in the alley behind the community hall.

That work went on all day and into Thursday night, according to Village Council President David Schulz, who said the DPW had to work around a large underground storage tank to find the hall's water service line.

Inside, volunteers removed display cases made of pressed wood that may or may not be salvageable, along with old newspapers and several rugs.

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