Flooding concerns prompt R.E. Olds Museum to close


UPDATE (6:30 P.M.) – The R.E. Olds Transportation Museum backs up right along the Grand River and on Wednesday they were closed because of the chance of flooding.

The executive director tells 6 News Reporter Alysia Burgio during the 40 years the museum has been open, it’s never experienced any flooding but that doesn’t mean the staff won’t take precautions just to be safe.

“Anything that we couldn’t put up in the archive room, we’ve taken out here and put up,” said Bill Adcock; Executive Director of the Museum.

Artifacts upon artifacts, sprawled out on tables inside the R.E. Olds Transportation Museum on Wednesday as part of a “flood plan” to prevent any damage from happening if water were to seep in.

“Anything that’s paper goods that could be damaged from water, it’s off the floor, it’s out of file cabinets, it’s up 3 feet in the air,” Adcock stated.

Adcock says staff and volunteers have even taken steps to seal most of the entrance doors shut from the inside and this afternoon…

“We’re going to sandbag all the doors another two feet today so we’re just taking the precautions that were set in books a long time ago,” said Adcock.

Adcock says as far as moving or lifting the historic automobiles to get them off the floor, he says those stay put.

“I think we’re well protected, it’s impossible to move 60 cars out of here and there’s nowhere to put them either so we’ve done this. When this was turned into a museum almost 40 years ago, what people don’t know is this was bermed up 3 feet higher than what it used to be when it was a CATA bus garage,” said Adcock.

The museum will be closed on Thursday as well until the water starts receding.

LANSING, Mich. (WLNS) – They plan to re-open hopefully by Friday or this weekend once everything is safe again.

The R.E. Olds Museum, which is located along the banks of the Grand River, closed its doors on Wednesday because of rising river waters.

Staffers are also taking steps to protect the historic collection of cars inside.

They’ve moved a bunch of artifacts to a set of tables and put precious paperwork where they hope the waters won’t reach.

“Anything that’s paper goods that could be damaged from water, it’s off the floor, its out of file cabinets, its up 3 feet in the air,” said the museum’s executive director Bill Adcock.

Workers also sandbagged and sealed the doors to try and keep the water out and protect the 60-or-so cars inside, which can’t be easily moved.

Alysia Burgio was at the museum and will have more on this story tonight on 6 News at 5.

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