Hornet Bookstore closed after broken water line results in flooding


Barbara Harvey

Workers from BELFOR Property Restoration begin repairs on the Hornet Bookstore, which was left flooded after a water supply line to a coffee maker broke, on Monday, Feb. 5.

UPDATE: Feb. 9 at 2:10 p.m. — This story has been updated to reflect that the Hornet Bookstore will be re-opening Monday.

UPDATE: Feb. 5 at 5:17 p.m. — This story has been updated to reflect an early announcement that the Hornet Bookstore would be closed through Feb. 8.

The Hornet Bookstore will re-open on Monday after a flood caused by a broken water supply line had left it closed all week, according to a press release from University Enterprises, Inc.

All departments except for the cafe will be open by noon on Feb. 12, according to the press release.

“Restoration work is expected to be complete on Sunday,” it read. “All bookstore departments, including textbooks, will be closed the morning of Monday, Feb. 12 while inventory is repositioned.”

The bookstore was originally slated to re-open on Feb. 8, according to Angela Rader, the marketing and communications director of UEI. UEI is the campus auxiliary that runs the bookstore.

The flood was caused when a water supply line to a coffee maker blew, according to Grant Cody, the general manager of the BELFOR Property Restoration Sacramento office, which is working on the repairs.

“We’ve got an area of 15,000 square feet that’s wet,” said Cody.

Until the bookstore reopens, students can purchase and pick up textbooks “by using the specially marked entrance to the right of the Subway restaurant,” according to an earlier UEI press release.

Blue books, scantrons and other supplies can be purchased in The University Union.

Angela Rader of UEI said that the break  happened “at some point this weekend” and was brought to UEI’s attention around 5:30 a.m. Monday.

BELFOR has been on location to repair damages.

“We have quite a bit of wet sheetrock,” said Cody. “We’re going to have to do a good three days of drying.”

Cody said that few textbooks were damaged in the flood, but that other materials on the first floor were damaged. Nothing on the second floor was damaged.

An insurance company will make a decision on whether the carpet should be replaced, said Cody.

The State Hornet will update this story as more information becomes available.