The list of places hit hard by last week’s massive storm continues to grow. The Good News Rescue Mission in Redding sustained serious flood damage to a few of its buildings.
A blocked storm-drain caused water to pour into the mission's administration building, and clothes Distribution Center.
The flooding has had such an impact that if people have clothes to donate to the mission, they are asked to hold off until the issue has been sorted out.
Days after it was filled with flood waters, crews were still trying to dry out carpet and Sheetrock at the Good News Rescue Mission.
The distribution center and administration building were flooded Sunday when a storm drain behind the building clogged.
“Right now we are waiting for the insurance to come take a look at it, but then we will be able to asses where we are going to go,” said Kirt Vseteka, the Mission’s Facilities Manager.
It appears several walls and carpets will have to be replaced, halting operations in affected areas for a while. But that's just the start of the problems.
Officials at the Rescue Mission say water started streaming through the back doors and then came all the way down and ran along the ground in the distribution center, it actually damaged some children's clothing here on these racks.
“Our Distribution Center unfortunately has to be closed to operations until we can get relocated,” said Sharre Whitson with the Good News Rescue Mission.
The center, which gave away 80,000 pieces of clothing last year, has been forced to turn away donations, asking people to come back later
“Very low on jackets and children clothing, so we are in need of people to be gathering those items and get them ready to deliver next week,” said Whitson.
Meanwhile, the facilities manager is working to make sure the building does not flood again.
“Well we are going to look at doing something a little different here in the back, when we do have that size of a storm to divert the water from going through the door,” said Kirt.
An anonymous business owner has come to the rescue, offering to match monetary donations up to $50,000 to help the mission through this difficult time.