Flood-Damaged SPCA Hopes To Reopen ThursdayPosted: Updated:
Panel by panel, the Jefferson County SPCA is getting closer to being fully repaired.
Two weekends ago, SPCA staff walked into a shelter flooded with inches of water. The flooding did not spread to the dog or cat rooms, but damaged much of the rest of the building and its contents.
"All of the floors are torn up. Basically the leak happened in our bathroom. The main valve, I'm assuming, froze," said Executive Director Heather Spezzano.
She says the contractor is now about halfway finished with repairs. Walls have had to be ripped out, floors torn up, and doors and cabinets replaced. And that's no small project. Spezzano says the repairs will cost more than $50,000.
The organization does have insurance, but Spezzano says it could take a while until they receive any compensation.
It's a tough pill to swallow, but what makes it even tougher is that it comes after $30 thousand dollar renovation project, which had wrapped up just 2 weeks before the pipe burst.
"We had just finished it; we were just settling in and really enjoying the new space. For this to happen, it was definitely a blow because you don't expect to lose everything you just worked so hard for in a couple of weeks," said Spezzano.
Now, Spezzano says they're just trying to stay positive and focus on getting the shelter open as quick as they can. She's hoping that's on Thursday.
"My biggest priority is just making sure the animals are safe that all the water was removed properly and that we can just get back open so we can process adoptions," she said.
In the meantime, the SPCA's Petco Adoption center is open and the SPCA is scheduling appointments for people to meet animals through email.