Winchcombe Library ceiling partially collapses under rainfall
PART of a library ceiling collapsed in yesterday's heavy rain.
The children's area of Winchcombe Library is likely to be shut for at least a week due to damage caused by the rain.
A third of the ceiling came down in the children's section of the Back Lane building.
A county council spokeswoman said: "Baby Bounce & Rhyme and any other children's activities that were due to take place during this time have been cancelled.
Business Cards From Only £10.95 Delivered www.myprint-247.co.ukView details
Our heavyweight cards have FREE UV silk coating, FREE next day delivery & VAT included. Choose from 1000's of pre-designed templates or upload your own artwork. Orders dispatched within 24hrs.
Terms: Visit our site for more products: Business Cards, Compliment Slips, Letterheads, Leaflets, Postcards, Posters & much more. All items are free next day delivery. www.myprint-247.co.uk
Contact: 01858 468192
Valid until: Sunday, June 30 2013
"Selected children's items will be available in the main library."
It happened as 80mm of rain, almost a month's worth, was predicted to fall yesterday.
Ron Harrison, chairman of Winchcombe Town Council, said the damage to the library followed "absolutely torrential" rain falling in Winchcombe.
He said: "I think people will be disappointed but relieved that nobody was hurt.
"The county council will obviously make it safe. Once they do, I would have thought access will be allowed to the affected area.
"The library is well used, as is the children's area of it.
"The fact that the ceiling has fallen in is an inconvenience rather than a disaster.
"I'm sure the county council will send the workmen around as soon as possible."
He added that the library in Winchcombe was in a building that dated back to the 1960s or 70s and that the facility had retained its normal opening hours in county council cuts.
He said that was despite the recent county-wide review carried out by Shire Hall that saw some libraries being earmarked for closure or reduced opening hours.
Sunday and Monday's wet weather led to flood alerts being issued by the Environment Agency for parts of the River Leadon and its tributaries in West Gloucestershire.
The Met Office is forecasting more rain in the county this afternoon and evening.
It says tomorrow could see some more rain during the daytime but then Thursday and Friday looked like they would be dry.
Ian Thomas, the Echo's weather expert, said more bad weather was likely in the county over the next few days.
He said: "It's going to be unsettled on Tuesday and Wednesday due to low pressure. There will be showers or even longer spells or rain and it will be windy too.
"There could be gusts of 30mph or more.
"But it's looking more promising towards the end of the week. We could see some dry weather for the weekend, all being well."
Some parts of the county had seen up to 63mm of rainfall yesterday, he added.