- Associated Press - Tuesday, July 26, 2016

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) - State officials have relocated millions of historical documents and items out of the flood-prone basement of the Rhode Island State Archives building in Providence.

WPRI-TV (https://bit.ly/2au0uKt ) reports that the removal of 4,430 cubic feet of state history from 337 Westminster Street was under the direct order of Secretary of State Nellie Gorbea.

The building sits in a flood plain, and its basement has six pumps working constantly to battle rising water. With its history in jeopardy, state officials are seeking a permanent solution to housing the artifacts.

Gorbea added $100,000 to the 2017 state budget signed last month by Gov. Gina Raimondo for a feasibility study to identify a new location.

Gorbea says Rhode Island is the only state that doesn’t have a permanent home for its archives.


Information from: WPRI-TV, https://www.wpri.com

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