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Preservation Department


2004 Flood Response

Saturday October 30, 2004


flood damage
At 8PM a flash flood surged through the ground floor of Hamilton Library.
flood damage
Everything in the path of the water was thrown against structural walls.
flood damage
Silt was everywhere: in map drawers, in between maps; there were even fish in the Library's server room.
flood map
This map shows the path of the water down Manoa valley, across Maile Way, and into the Library.
flood response
On the evening of October 30th, the flood waters were still high on the ground floor. However key staff met to determine priorities (rescue maps and aerial photographs of Hawaii and the Pacific region).
flood response
The Library Preservation Department staff were prepared to respond. We had a disaster plan in place, and staff were trained. Our first goal was to move materials out of the mud and into freezers as fast as possible.
flood response
Five freezer containers were delivered on Sunday evening, and on Monday morning, maps were moved to a staging area, then into containers.
flood response
Following this same procedure, staff also began moving the aerial photographs to a staging area and then loading them into the freezer containers.
flood response
Damage from inside the Library. Staff removing items.
flood response
To prevent a mold outbreak (secondary disaster), the remaining five floors of Hamilton Library needed to have cool, dry air brought in using generators. There was no electricity for three months while a temporary solution was created to override the damaged infrastructure.
flood damage
The dry air was circulated on every floor and indeed prevented a mold outbreak. Library staff and students paged books for patrons in the dimly lit library.

Continue to: Disaster Recovery

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