Harvey Damage Updates

We know that those of you in the area affected most by Harvey are busy assessing damage and serving your community. As you can, please check in with us either via email or by calling the office at (800)262-4431. We can report your status here to share with others that you are alright.

For those that can, please consider donating to the Texas Library Association’s Disaster Relief Fund. You can do so here.

Library Updates

Both Hallettsville and Floresville are reporting in as fine.

Fayette Public Library in La Grange is reporting no damage, but the historic levels of the Colorado River has affected much of their community.

The Elroy branch of the East Travis Gateway Library District is closed due to road closures, but the Garfield branch remains open and undamaged.

All branches of the Corpus Christi Public Library weathered the storm. Harte Branch in Flour Bluff and Garcia Branch attached to Kaffie Middle School are both without power. Central Library has lost some roof tiles and the City is assessing the damage. Central is temporarily closed because the roof tiles are loose and still blowing off.

Nueces County Public Libraries were not damaged.

The Tri-Community Library in Prairie Lea is undamaged. No flooding, only clearing debris outside from the storm.

The Blanco Library and and the Blanco Region survived the storm well.

The Hutto Public Library is well and opened for business.

The Kyle Public Library is undamaged.

The Smith Welch Memorial in Hearne sustained minor floor flooding. They should be resuming regular hours soon.

The Dripping Springs Community Library is undamaged.

The Schertz Public Library is undamaged.

Portland ‘s Bell Whittington Public Library near Corpus lost power but came through Harvey unscathed.

Rockport: Aransas County PL is destroyed. UPDATE as of 9/17: The library is actually fine! They haven’t reopened and don’t have phones, but the electricity is back up. Much better news than previously thought!

Brenham had minor leaks.

Taylor is dealing with leaks.

Bastrop is dealing with minor leaks and wet carpet.

Reporting in as undamaged: Luling, Bryan+College Station, Wimberley, Smithville, Lago Vista, Round Top, Del Rio, Mart, and Onalaska.

Hitchcock Public Library had no flooding, but wind-driven rain came in through the entire east wall of the building soaking the carpet 6 feet in, damaging the bottom of the shelves. No books were damaged.

The Victoria Public Library sustained some water damage and lost power, but their building is intact. They will not open until next Tuesday or until further notice based upon electricity. UPDATE as of 9/17: They had significant water damage in their upstairs office space and meeting room. The meeting room is closed to the public until repairs can be made. They are forgiving fines and fees on materials damaged due to the storm and are holding programs offsite.

The Wintermann Library in Eagle Lake is fine and open for business as of August 30th.

The Cuero Public Library reports in as fine.

Bellaire City Library will be closed until Tuesday, September 5, along with all city services. They suffered some roof damage but little material loss.

The La Marque Public Library is open.

The Rosenberg Library in Galveston did not experience any damage from the storm.

The Nesbitt Memorial Library in Columbus was spared though the Colorado River rising caused a lot of damage in the community. They are open as of August 30.

As expected the William R Bill Ellis Memorial Library in Port Aransas, TX, who was in the middle of a construction project, has been hit hard.

Portland has no power, but the building is intact.

The Palacios Library is fine and open for business.

The Vidor Public Library is reporting water damage.

Portland reported that Rockport will re-open on Monday, September 18th.

Ingleside is being tested for mold, but the building is intact.

Port Neches reporting as fine despite slight leaks.

Port Arthur had two feet of water & has their collection in cold storage. UPDATE:  They are making progress on the clean up and hope to re-open in Spring 2018.

The Pasadena Public Library reports minor leaks, but is fine overall.

The Dennis M. O’Connor Public Library in Refugio County has suffered damage.  They are not open to the public and have not set a date to reopen.

The Beaumont Public Library was flooded twice and they lost around 6,000 books that were mostly donations.  Despite a small leak in the roof, nothing more was damaged.

The Tyrell Historical Library is currently assessing the extent of mold in their ceiling. Save