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Storm floods non-profit shop

Bobbe Mackenzie filled more than a dozen tubs at once after the roof drain pipe burst during Wednesday’s storm, flooding the Upper Room Mission Dollar Bin Thrift Store. - Jennifer Smith/Morning Star
Bobbe Mackenzie filled more than a dozen tubs at once after the roof drain pipe burst during Wednesday’s storm, flooding the Upper Room Mission Dollar Bin Thrift Store.
— image credit: Jennifer Smith/Morning Star

A second downtown Vernon business has been forced to close its doors due to Wednesday’s storm.

The Upper Room Mission Dollar Bin Thrift Store is closed likely until mid to late week after water started gushing through the ceiling tiles Wednesday.

“It (drain pipes from the roof) wasn’t capable of handling all that water,” said Bobbe Mackenzie, who volunteers at the non-profit thrift shop.

The chaos started Wednesday around 3 p.m., when the storm started rolling through town.

Staff and strangers were quick to put tubs out to try and contain the water damage, and luckily, no merchandise was damaged.

“We were so fast and God was so good to us,” said Mackenzie, as the main drenching came down between two racks of clothing.

“And there were some really nice people who came in off the street and gave us a hand and they were young people.”

Although the store will gain a new carpet through the ordeal, Mackenzie says it’s not the damage that is concerning, it’s the disruption to those who rely on the shop for clothing needs.

“When we’re closed it’s hard on the people who really need it,” said Mackenzie, who turned away a dozen people in half-an-hour Friday, not to mention the lack of sales which support the Upper Room Mission.

The closure also cut the Dollar Bin’s biggest sale of the month in half - dollar bag week.

But Mackenzie assures that the sale will continue as soon as the store can re-open.

“Hopefully next week.”

 

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