National Guard rescues books in Midland library

MIDLAND, Mich. (AP) — The Michigan National Guard rescued 80,000 items from the basement of a Midland library that was flooded when rain swept through the area and dams failed.

“There’s no way we could have done it without them,” said Terrie Ahlers, supervisor of adult services at Grace A. Dow Memorial Library.

Most books and other items in the basement are going to be OK, the Midland Daily News reported. They were placed on tables on the main floor.

Guard members had to use the stairs because the elevator was out. Library staff over the weekend focused on removing moisture from the lower level. The library is sharing updates, photos and video on Facebook.

“We’re going to get there. We’ve done it before and we’ll do it again,” Ahlers said.