Minot YWCA gifted repairs after flood damage

Published: Nov. 11, 2019 at 8:14 PM CST
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The YWCA got some much needed TLC after their facility suffered water damage last week, thanks to the generosity of the Minot community.

The staff discovered flooded bathrooms, raining ceilings, and destroyed walls on the afternoon of November 5.

Water began to fill the facilities main hallway, alerting them to a damage they could not imagine.

“I ran down stairs and it was actually raining in our laundry room of the shelter, and the shelter bathroom and we knew that we now officially have a leak and we need to get it fixed,” said Executive Director Meghan von Behren.

The staff requested donations on their social media pages and many local businesses responded, including Servpro.

"We found water soaked up into the sheet rock from the water loss upstairs down through the walls downstairs and we're removing all affected sheet rock and going to dry things out tomorrow," said Ryan Conklin, with Servpro.

They estimate that the entire project will take about a week to complete, and would have cost the shelter thousands of dollars.

Von Behren said they could not have gotten the facility back in shape without the help of the community.

"We had so much community support. The volunteers that came here were incredible. We had volunteers ready to just put on their dirty clothes and mop this place up, clean this place up, and a huge thank you to sere pro for donating all their time and service like we couldn't have done this without the community,” von Behren said.

A Minot business stepped up to help women and children in need.

Contractors John Grundstorm and Jay Hight will also donate their services to the YWCA free of charge later this week.

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