Grants help libraries clean up after Sandy
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Thirty grants were given to applicants who estimated they sustained a total of $18.4 million in damages and will need more than 14,500 work hours to clean up their sites.
"We chose this focus, which is a kind of mini-jobs bill, because it is an operating expense that most likely won't be covered by other sources," council executive director Sara Ogger said in a statement.
The Island Park library sustained $875,000 in damages from 25 inches of floodwaters, according to the council's grants and technology manager Lauren Kushnick. Its entire collection was impacted and staff spent 231 hours cleaning up, she said.
The East Rockaway library sustained $150,000 in damages, requiring 420 hours of cleaning, after being flooded with 3 inches of stormwaters, Kushnick said. The library's book collection was impacted by mold, carpeting was completely destroyed, 32 computers were affected and furniture that was salvaged needs cleaning, she said.