The day after a monsoon storm tore through the Phoenix area, many residents took to social media to question how the Burton Barr Central Library sustained so much damage. All five floors of the library flooded July 15 after the storm lifted the roof and caused it to move in a wave-like fashion, causing a sprinkler pipe in the ceiling of the fifth floor to rupture. Water rained down on bookshelves and ran through the building like a stream. City officials spent July 16 assessing the extent of the damage.
Phoenix Arizona Republic, July 16