Magazine article Information Management

Flooding Damages National Archives

Magazine article Information Management

Flooding Damages National Archives

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Record flooding in the Northeast in late June forced the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) building in Washington, D.C., to close because of flooding and electrical outages, but all the historical documents housed there were spared.

The floodwaters were blamed for 20 deaths in Pennsylvania, Virginia, Maryland, and New York. In Washington, D.C., many federal buildings shut down because of flooding. The damage is expected to top the tens of millions of dollars, including $2 million in repairs to the NARA building.

Water rushed into the building from flooded streets adjacent to the complex and filled up the lower levels, ABC News reported. There, it began to soak the main electrical equipment in the building, which led to power outages. According to NARA's facility manager, the electrical equipment had to be removed and shipped away for repair or replacement. Other buildings in Washington, including the Internal Revenue Service and some Smithsonian Museum facilities, suffered similar electrical damage due to the rainfall. …

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