ROCKFORD, Ill. (WTVO) — On the day it was to celebrate its reopening after being closed for months due to COVID-19 restrictions, Burpee Museum of Natural History had to contend with flooding from a burst water pipe.
Up to a foot and a half of water flooded the lobby, gift shop, visitor services center and several museum collections after frigid temperatures caused a pipe to burst.
Rockford firefighters helped get the flooding under control.
Museum staff say it has been a community effort to save priceless items in the collection.
The Burpee Museum of Natural History is home to “Jane” the dinosaur, and is located at 737 N Main St.