O’FALLON – Volunteers at the O’Fallon History Museum were shocked to find approximately eight inches of standing water in the basement on Friday afternoon.
According to Historical Society President Brian Keller, volunteers were working in the basement as recently as Wednesday afternoon and saw no signs of flooding problems. The museum was essentially closed on Thursday before reopening Friday when the mess was found.
City crews were on hand to assist the museum and pump out the water.
A number of old newspapers and donated items did get soaked in the flooding, including the newspaper seen at left, proclaiming the assassination of President John Kennedy.
Keller said the museum will attempt to salvage what it can and that they have a number of duplicate copies of papers on hand.