Nathan Domarchuk-White

Burst water pipe forces closure of Upper Room Mission

The mission provides upwards of 300 meals a day to residents facing financial challenges

A Vernon agency that serves hot meals to residents in need has been flooded out.

A sprinkler pipe burst at the Upper Room Mission at about 10 p.m. Monday, sending a torrent of water through the building.

“We are out of service until further notice,” said Lisa Anderson, URM spokesperson.

The mission provides upwards of 300 meals a day to residents facing financial challenges, including seniors, the disabled and the homeless.

“Our main concern is feeding everyone. We’ve contacted other agencies to see if they can help,” said Anderson.

Save-On Foods is serving lunch in the URM parking lot Tuesday.

It’s not known how long the mission will be closed as damage is repaired.

“It’s cold outside for people and we’re kind of in shock,” said Anderson.

The sprinkler pipe broke in an upstairs office.

“The water went straight through to the bottom,” said Anderson, adding that there was six inches of water in the basement, where the women’s centre is located.

“We have large fans trying to dry everything. The carpets are ruined.”

The equipment in the kitchen is being inspected to determine if any damage occurred there.

“We should be covered by insurance but we’re looking into that,” said Anderson.


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