TRURO - Air quality tests are being done on the Truro library this week in relation to a water problem in the facility.
Janet Pelley, director of the Colchester East Hants Public Library, confirmed with the Truro Daily News on Monday that there has been some water "seeping" into the basement of the library, which recently began appearing during the major flood in early September. Pelley stressed the facility's basement did not flood.
"There is water seepage in the side that abuts the Cenotaph (next door) ... it's creeping in a few feet (but) we are not talking about a flood," Pelley said. "We are not sure of the source of the water but with the humidity this summer and heavy rain it's more dramatic."
An email to the Truro Daily News suggested programming at the library was impacted, there are air quality and mould concerns and the library's Gates computer lab was closed.
Pelley said some of that information was misleading. She said the computer lab remains open while the community room in the basement is closed.
"It was closed for safety because there are children's programs there and babies are sometimes crawling on the floor," said Pelley, adding the library itself remains open.
Teen programs have also been relocated to the Truro police station and the Colchester Historical Museum in the interim.
Pelley said $3,600 is being spent on air quality testing this week. The cost is split between the library and the Town of Truro.
"We are hoping it's not mould and just rotting," said Pelley, adding she's hoping a "band aid" approach can be used until a decision is made on the future location of the library.
In addition, another leak in the roof was found and patched.