Flood at Washington State Archives Caught “in the Nick of Time”

An employee discovered a flood that started in a breakroom at the Washington State Archives about 7 a.m. Friday, and state officials scrambled to save priceless historical documents.

Washington State Archivist Steve Excell said the state is very lucky that a pipe burst on a Friday as opposed to a Saturday, otherwise the water would have been running from a pipe like a garden hose all weekend. “We happened to catch it in the nick of time,” Excell said. “Imagine a water hose running.”

You can read the full story at http://www.theolympian.com/2014/04/25/3102733/flood-at-state-archives-caught.html.

My thanks to newsletter reader Roger Barnes for telling me about this story.

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