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Siloam Mission still cleaning up mess

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Siloam Mission was slowly drying itself out Friday after finding parts of the building soaked with water Thursday morning.

The Princess Street shelter was forced to shut down some of its operations after a broken sprinkler head flooded the Saul Sair Medical Centre. The faulty head flooded approximately 4,000 square feet of the main-floor medical centre with roughly five centimeters of water. The flowing water also made it into the basement, causing damage to stored food and clothing.

The mission is currently in the process of cleaning up the mess. Executive director Floyd Perras said the health centre is using large fans and dehumidifiers to help dry out the flooring and wall, adding the final estimate on structural damage wasn't known.

The shelter sustained water damage to the dental chairs, dental equipment and medical supplies, with the worry those expensive items will need to be replaced. Those losses are estimated between $10,000 and $15,000. Computers in the medical centre are also drying out.

"As we mentioned (Thursday), we can confirm that we have lost two full pallets of food (about 900 kilograms each)," Parras said in a statement Friday. "Staff and volunteers are currently sorting through the food shelving storage that was in the immediate vicinity of the flood to determine the extent of further losses. At this stage, we know there is still a significant amount of food that will have to be destroyed but it will take time to completely assess this."

It's believed the food losses could amount to approximately $20,000, including the replacement of the wood shelving the food was stored on.

In terms of donations, the shelter is specifically looking for tomato sauce, flour, sugar, coffee and canned luncheon meats (tuna, chicken, ham). All donations, including cash (for the medical centre renovations) and clothing (specifically cold-weather items) are welcomed.

Donations can be dropped off at 300 Princess St. Monday to Friday 8 a.m.-6 p.m.; Saturday 9 a.m.-3 p.m.; and Sunday 10 a.m.-3 p.m. If you wish to make other arrangements or wish to help, please call 204-956-4344 for more information.

-- staff

Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition December 14, 2013 B2

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