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Disaster in Stanley

12/29/2020 (Permalink)

gym after a sprinkler pipe burst sending debris onto the floor below It is estimated that over 300,000 gallons of water fell through the broken ceiling pipe in this Stanley church.

Just before Christmas, SERVPRO of Minot received a call from The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Stanley, ND. Above the Church’s indoor basketball court, a sprinkler pipe had burst cascading hundreds of thousands of gallons of water down on the church. This water spread throughout the building and spilled into the parking lot and nearby streets before being discovered.

This is one of the worst disasters we have seen this year. Due to the pipe burst not being discovered for a period of time, it meant that the water had time to soak into materials and contents throughout the church. Besides the collapsed ceiling, there was significant damage to the floors, walls, doors, and contents throughout the church.

Once we had received the call and had staff on site to assess the damage, technicians began working over the weekend to begin removing damaged materials and starting the drying process. With a job of this size (over 16,000 sq. ft.) it requires almost our entire staff along with additional temporary workers to make sure we are meeting deadlines for drying and saving as much of the existing structure as quickly as possible.

With a loss this devastating, it will be a while before normal operations in the church can resume. It will take a couple of weeks for drying to be completed, followed immediately by application of anti-microbial products to prevent mold growth. Once that is completed, a construction company will be brought in to build back and repair the building’s damaged and removed components until it is restored like new and ready to reopen. This will involve repairing the flood cuts in the drywall, replacement of damaged carpeting, repairs to the ceiling and, of course, replacement of the basketball court flooring.

This is a devastating loss for the Stanley community and people of the church, but SERVPRO of Minot is here to help get things back to normal and are glad that nobody was hurt in the loss.

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