Janice Mason museum suffers flood damage
by Alan Reed
Oct 04, 2006 | 0 0 comments | 0 0 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Bryan Blaylock uses a vacuum to remove floodwaters from the Janice Mason Art Museum.  Museum worker Toni Wolfe said two inches of water stood in every room.
Bryan Blaylock uses a vacuum to remove floodwaters from the Janice Mason Art Museum. Museum worker Toni Wolfe said two inches of water stood in every room.
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Heavy rains on September 23 and 24 left more than roads under water. Several farms were submerged and the Janice Mason Art Museum’s basement was swamped by rains and runoff.

County Agricultural Extension Agent David Fourqurean said, “We have some soybeans and corn fields that are in water, but overall it is in the neighborhood of 500 acres. It is too early to tell about rain damage and relief for crops that are destroyed.”

Fourqurean estimated about 60-percent of the year’s corn has been harvested, but the soybean harvest has yet to happen.

“There is still a lot of corn that is not harvested, and we haven’t cut any beans. It is hard to tell exactly what the damage will be.”

Museum employee Toni Wolfe said, “Every room in our basement was flooded. We use the basement for storage and classrooms. Some of the costumes for Seussical the Musical may be wet. There are some roof problems and the ceiling over the gift shop is damaged.”

Wolfe indicated the saturated ceiling plaster and some drains in the basement stairwells that were clogged and unable to drain runoff before it flooded the building. She estimated two inches of water had filled every room of the basement. She said that no exhibits in the gallery or in storage had been damaged.

Museum President Jean Martin said that the costumes had suffered the most, but that a number of paper and cardboard supplies and decorations were ruined.

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