Flood at Tomlinson Library at Mesa State College

A flood at Tomlinson Library at Mesa State College on Sunday couldn’t have come at a worse time for students heading into finals this week.

After bearings in a generator overheated, the building’s sprinkler system activated and sent about a half-inch of water into offices, a computer lab and the entryway of the library’s first floor.

“I came in at 11 a.m. and the fire alarm’s going off. I smelled smoke and I saw water all over the floor,” said the library’s night supervisor, Vivian Hawkins, who called the fire department from a co-worker’s cell phone.

Private cleanup crews late Sunday afternoon had vacuumed nearly all the water, and plans were under way to bring in industrial-sized fans to dry out the area.

Students were sent to rooms 203, 204 and 304 in the college’s Academic Classroom Building, known as ACB. It is north of the library.

“This is probably going to bum out a lot of people,” said sophomore Brandon Nicolaisen, who showed up at the library to study for a psychology final Sunday afternoon. “If they get it back working tonight. it might be OK.”

Students take finals today through Thursday. The library would have been closed Thursday at 7 p.m., marking the end of spring term.

No books were damaged by the water, and it’s unclear whether the library will reopen before Thursday, Hawkins said.

Food for Thought, an event sponsored by a college club that provides snacks for studying students, will continue as planned, Hawkins said. Those treats will be available at the ACB building. Students can also access computers at that site.


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