BEAVER FALLS, Pa. — A broken water pipe flooded the Beaver County Humane Society’s Thrift Store, shutting down the organization’s largest fundraiser.
The break was discovered early Monday morning at the store in the 1900 block of 7th Ave., Beaver Falls, according to a news release from the organization. Water had already brought down ceiling tile and flooded the shopping floor of the store.
“The manager jumped into action to stop the water and save merchandise from damage, but it is going to take a long time to clean up. We are unsure at this point about the extent of the damage and how long our thrift store will need to be closed,” Beaver County Humane Society Executive Director Susan Salyards said in a news release. “We hope to be back up and running quickly as the Thrift Store is our largest fundraising initiative for the Beaver County Humane Society animal shelter in Center Township. We also are an important business that many in our community depend on and want to be back operating soon for their sake.”
A lot of the merchandise, including books and household items, is ruined. Salyards said the store is the shelter’s biggest fundraiser, and because the store had to close last year due to COVId-19, this couldn’t come at a worse time.
“This couldn’t be more devastating to us because this generates a lot of money for our shelter and it plays a very important role in a community, seeing as we’re located in Beaver Falls,” Salyards said.
The staff are still trying to determine the extent of the damage and salvage as much as possible. No shoppers were in the building at the time, the news release said.
The store will remain closed until repairs can be made.
Since 1950 the Beaver County Humane Society has been committed to helping animals in the Beaver County Area. Seventy years later, more than 4,000 animals receive comfort and care each year, according to the release.
You can donate to the Beaver County Humane Society HERE.
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