A few weeks back on April 26, 2014 at the Washington State Archives and Records Center in Olympia, sometime late on the previous Thursday night or during the early morning hours on Friday, a water pipe burst and began flooding the building. By the time employees came to work around 7:00 am, they discovered a flood of water that had affected around 10,000 documents, including the original Washington State Constitution. Since the flooding happened on the top floor, the water seeped down into other areas of the building, and into archived documents, which included things such as marriage records, death and birth certificates, deeds, and other vital documents. Fortunately, all of the documents were able to be saved. The reason that the Archives and Records Center was able to save those 10,000 precious documents is because they were able to IMMEDIATELY contact water damage experts...

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