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September 16, 2013

Daycare rebounds following flooding

NORTHERN CAMBRIA — An area business continues with cleanup after the facility was left damaged from flooding that occurred earlier in the month.

Erin Bougher, director of Coal Country Daycare in Northern Cambria, said they had about 4 or 5 inches of water on the floor.

“The water was above our ankles and covered the entire area,” she said.

Anything that was wood was ruined, carpets had to be torn up and all the toys were tossed.

“It all had to go because we didn’t want to take any chances with mold,” Bougher said.

In addition, some places on the walls received water damage and had to be cut out and allowed time to dry.

“Everything has to be replaced,” Bougher said.

But local volunteers have stepped up to help the daycare center get back up and running.

First General Services in Ebensburg is assisting with the cleaning and Bobik’s Home Center in Northern Cambria donated the wood that is being used to replace the walls.

“It’s great people want to help, especially because their homes also were affected, so for them to reach out and help us is wonderful,” Bougher said.

To replace the toys that were lost, a toy drive will be held through Sept. 27 at various businesses in Northern Cambria, including Repeat After Me and Valeria’s.

And a spaghetti dinner will be held from 4 to 6 p.m. Monday at the Slovak American Citizen’s Club, 700 Philadelphia Ave., Northern Cambria, with all proceeds going to the center.

The hope is the daycare center will be open on Monday.

The daycare has 49 children enrolled from Northern Cambria and surrounding areas.

To donate funds toward the cleanup project, call the center at 948-8493.

Kelly Urban is a reporter with The Tribune-Democrat. Follow her on Twitter at twitter.com/KellyUrban25.

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