Easter Seals Recover From Flooding

, Posted: Sun, December 2 2012 at 10:06 PM, Updated: Mon, December 3 2012 at 3:33 AM

After a weekend of wet weather tonight a non-profit organization that typically helps the disabled, needs help of their own after water flooded their building.

Digging out trenches. That's the only thing Katie Shepard can think of to avoid more flooding. Heavy rain on Friday brought feet of water pouring into the Easter Seals recreation building. The group is a non-profit organization helping roughly 400 disabled people in our community.

"Saturday morning is when we got here and we realized that water was just flowing through the building. It was like floodgate and it just flowed out. It was just awful," said Shepard.

After spending most of Saturday trying to get the water out and turning people away, Saturday night's storm dumped it all back in.

"We have a meter on that to register how much water is coming out. 60 gallons per hour and it's been running for 12 hours and it's not stopping."

The non-profit leases the building with the Medford parks and recreation department.

"We negotiated a really awesome long term lease with their management through the city, it's a great opportunity but along with it comes our responsibility to do all the repairs and when a flood happens its on our dime."

Shepard says she hopes to keep the recreation center open but with the work that needs to be done she doesn't know if that'll happen.

"How do we fix this? What's next? If there was somebody in the community that could lend their wisdom to guide us to do things right that would be really important, I would really appreciate that."

If you'd like to help out the organization with the clean up efforts or lend any advice, you can contact Katie at 541-842-2199 extension 301. 

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