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Water Main Break Drowns Burpee Museum

ROCKFORD – The Burpee Museum of Natural History is cleaning up a big mess after a water main break.
ROCKFORD – The Burpee Museum of Natural History is cleaning up a big mess after a water main break.

The frigid weather creates a huge mess at the Burpee Museum that could cost visitors some of their favorite exhibits.

The museum is trying to dry things out after an exterior water man by the building froze, and then burst. When staff came back to work Thursday morning, they found 2 to 3 inches of standing water inside.

And while the carpets are soaked, the real concern is what lies in the basement.

"Our area where we keep all of our mounted specimens, our stuffed birds, our mammals our dinosaur fossils, other fossils, Native American, you name it, it's down in the basement and that's where all this water is going," said Scott Williams, Director of Science and Exhibits.

Staff has since brought all the specimens upstairs to dry out. Williams estimates at least a couple hundred specimens are damaged, but he'll get a better idea once everything is dry.


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