FULTON, Miss. — Heavy rainfall has damaged old books containing some Mississippi land records.

The Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal reports that the roof of the Itawamba County Courthouse leaked during an Aug. 8 storm.

Chancery Clerk Michelle Clouse says water damaged 246 books. Each held 700 to 800 pages of land deeds, titles and other county records from the late 1960s to the early 1990s.

The cost of replacing each book is about $250.

The chancery clerk’s staff is digitizing Itawamba County records, scanning books page-by-page. Hypothetically, the water-logged books wouldn’t have to be replaced, but Clouse says she wants to keep physical copies of those books because people who do genealogical research rely on paper records.

Insurance is expected to cover most of the cost of repairs from the water damage.

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