The Lyons Depot Library has received a $15,000 grant for flood repairs from the St. Vrain Flooding Relief Fund, a special fund established by the Longmont Community Foundation.
The historic Depot library building, dating back to 1881 and listed on the National Register of Historic Places, received damage to its floors and sub-floors in
the September floods. Furniture and material on the floor at the western end of the building were also damaged. The structural integrity of the building was not compromised, however.
Because the Town of Lyons’ resources are stretched thin in trying to pay its share of critical infrastructure repair, outside assistance was quickly sought when the St. Vrain Flooding Relief Fund announced that it would accept grant applications from charitable organizations or some governmental buildings that had sustained flood losses.
“We are thrilled to get this much-needed assistance from the St. Vrain Flooding Relief Fund,” said Lyons Mayor Julie Van Domelen. “The Longmont Community Foundation deserves a great deal of credit for reaching out to other Front Range communities like Lyons that had major flood damage. This grant will help the Town pay for needed repairs to one of our most cherished buildings.”
Library repairs do not have as high a priority under FEMA’s assistance criteria as things like infrastructure that affects public health, so it is unclear when the Depot library building may be restored to full use, but having $15,000 in grant funds available to apply toward repair costs will be very useful when the library recovery work begins.
Most Depot library books were put in storage due to the humid, wet conditions after the flood, but a library desk is operating at Temporary Town Hall (at the Lyons Elementary School) and holders of library cards may continue to check out books from other libraries on the AspenCat inter-library book exchange system.