Water Line Rupture Causes Damage To Eugene Public Library

Dec 9, 2013

A water line broke Monday at the Eugene Public Library downtown. Fire officials believe the rupture was caused by the unusually cold temperatures.  

Eugene-Springfield Fire Department’s Lance Lighty says the water line was located in the ceiling above the 4th floor.

Credit City of Eugene

Lighty:   “They were able to get the water shut off, and then contain it to the 4th floor.  It did drop a bunch of ceiling tiles and got some furniture and stuff wet.  But it sounds like they got the computers and stuff moved out of the area, so there was no damage there.”

The library’s 4th floor houses the city’s Finance and IT offices.  Fire officials remained on the scene to assist with water removal.  No damage estimate has been released.

Lighty says this is the first instance he knows of major city property damage connected to the cold weather.  But the Eugene-Springfield Fire Department has been busy responding fire alarms at area commercial and industrial properties triggered by water pipe breakages.


Corrected 12-9 at 7:12pm to correct inaccurate information released by Eugene Springfield Fire Department.