Water main break devastates teen outreach center

A water main break in Mandan left extensive damage to a non-profit facility that's purpose is to help those in the community battle with drug addictions.

One of the buildings flooded, leaving the North Dakota Teen Challenge Center without water for 12 hours...Now they are trying to pick up the pieces.

Walking on the first floor of the North Dakota Teen Challenge Center there are dozens of air blowers and dehumidifiers salvaging the aftermath of a 4 inch water main break Saturday morning.

"It is just overwhelming because all the administrative purpose of our facility was damaged, it was in such disarray right now just to get it back going is going to take a week or two," said Pastor Phil Wolverton, Executive Director North Dakota Teen Challenge.

The water came up from the ground, flooding 4 to 6 inches in some areas. Holes were drilled a long the bottom of the walls to let air in, sheet rocks were damaged up to 3 feet, carpets had to be cleaned from the mud and silt, and 3 computers were destroyed, but Wolverton's initial thought wasn't about the ruins.

"My first thought was for the men and women here in our program, how are we going to make sure we take care of them," said Pastor Phil Wolverton, Executive Director North Dakota Teen Challenge.

The center currently houses 30 men and women. Bridge Church in Bismarck opened their doors allowing the use of their facility while the water was shut off. McDonald's and Panera Bread generously donated food since no meals were able to be prepared on site.

"The community is great, they are all willing to help and step up in time of need and that's part of the North Dakota tradition I believe is to see somebody is in need and they step up and help," said Pastor Phil Wolverton, Executive Director North Dakota Teen Challenge.

A temporary line was put in by the city and water turned back on 9 pm Saturday night. Wolverton estimates the flood damage costing more than 50,000 dollars.