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Original Stephen King manuscripts among items ruined by Bangor water main break

The basement of the Gerald Winters & Son Rare Books store in Downtown Bangor was flooded with several feet of water Tuesday morning as a water main broke on Main Street. The basements of several businesses on Maine Street were flooded as City of Bangor crews were setting up to repair the problem. (Gabor Degre | BDN)

BANGOR (WGME) -- Thousands of dollars worth of books, including original manuscripts from Stephen King, have been destroyed.

A pipe burst in downtown Bangor earlier this week, flooding the basements of several businesses along Main Street.

One of them was Gerald Winters' bookstore, which specializes in rare and limited editions of Stephen King’s books.

Winters says there was no time to save his collection.

"I looked down the stairs and I saw the water level rising up to the stairs,” Winters said. “I would have drowned in the water if I tried to have gone down."

King told the Bangor Daily News that he is "horrified" by the loss of the books and manuscripts and says he plans to reach out to the store owner to see if he can help.

Winters estimates he lost about 2,000 books, and as many as seven of King’s original typed manuscripts, including, “Dolan’s Cadillac,” “Maximum Overdrive,” and “The Eyes of the Dragon.” Dozens of first- and limited-edition King books, galleys, signed copies and prints in different languages are among the items believed to be damaged.

Winters had moved much of his inventory to the basement while he reorganized his shop, and estimates that 90 percent of his inventory was ruined.

Alex Acquisto with the Bangor Daily News contributed to this report.

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