Our library network has been sluggish since Saturday. On Saturday, when I attempted to copy thirty of the Denton Reads photos onto my hard-drive, I was informed that it would take 30 minutes… and then it crashed. On Sunday, I was able to copy two photos at time within 3 minutes. Today, I got all fifty or so transferred in about 15 minutes… until the network slogged again, and now I can barely open a folder. Or a text file.
About half an hour ago, the power went out. It was only 30 seconds, but as I fumbled for the flashlight we keep at the desk, it felt like a lifetime. And indeed, it took about a lifetime to reboot the computer once the power came back on–that only angered the network.
Curious about the weather, a staff member and I went to look out one of the windows on our floor–and were flabbergasted at the sight you see in this post. The sunken fountain area in front of our library, several steps deep, is completely filled with water. It’s over people’s knees. One of the library stairwells has been closed, because apparently the area behind the library is rapidly filling with water, as well. Oh, and what’s one of the rooms on the ground floor that’s flooding? The server room.
This will teach me not to laugh at those flash flood warnings!
We’ve had weather alerts off and on since around noon today–severe thunderstorms, hail, tornados–but by the time we were alerted, it was already too bad for me to drive home. I’m scheduled until 9pm tonight, and at this point it seems like a good thing, because maybe it will have blown over by then.
That is, of course, assuming that the library parking lot isn’t already flooded.
What a great day to wear my new leather sneakers.
Update: A staff member who just got home called me to let me know that they are closing down streets all across Denton. Hope I can get home…