CLARION, Pa. (EYT) – The project to fix the flooding issues at the Clarion Free Library took a big step forward this past week with the start of the project to replace the drainage pipes and grates.

“We were having periodic flooding at the basement level,” Clarion Borough Project Coordinator Todd Colosimo said. “It was pretty aggravating. We haven’t lost anything, but we risk damage every time we get heavy rain.”

Colosimo said the new stormwater system being installed includes larger pipes and new grates and is the second phase of the project.

“We had a pump station that serves as a backup fixed about two years ago,” Colosimo said. “If this phase of the project works to elevate the flooding, then I believe the next step is for the library to replace the basement doors.”

Terra Works is the contractor on the approximately $52,000.00 project.

“With restoration and everything, it should be finished by the end of April,” explained Colosimo.

While the library remains open during construction, the basement doors are closed.

“Anyone wanting to access the basement should enter through the main doors and then go downstairs,” Colosimo said. “That would include anyone going to the Tuesday, April 2, borough council meeting.”