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Whitestown veterans seeking help after club suffers extensive flood damage

The Whitestown Veterans Club is looking for donations to help cover the cost of flooding damages.

Posted: Nov 20, 2019 5:27 PM
Updated: Nov 20, 2019 6:05 PM

"This was all… it was under water…"

Whitestown Veterans Club Vice Commander David Payne is still assessing the damages from October’s flooding.

"The hot water heater no longer works. This was completely tipped over," he said.

The club has started a go fund me page to try and raise $15,000 to cover the equipment that’s been damaged. Equipment that helps keep the club going.

"We throw parties in this pavilion, and from spring until fall this is basically our bread and butter. If we lose this, the club could go under, so we are hoping for those donations so we can open this back up in April," said Payne.

The damages are much more extensive than the equipment. The lower level of the club has $5,000 in damages that are currently being remediated. Thousands more in damages to the outdoor rest rooms, parking lot, and a massive pavilion. ABC ChemDry is working to remediate all the clean-up at no charge. Ralph Destefanis is the owner at ABC ChemDry.

"The Vets have done so much for us, so when we heard that they needed help it was a no-brainer, we just said yes. We’ll get there. We were probably on 20 to 30 different jobs, but we made room for the vets," said Desteganis.

ABC ChemDry employees have been working for weeks on residential homes, but Operations Manager Tom Vanvalkenburgh tells us they are determined to complete all the clean-up at the Veterans Club.

"A lot of manual labor. First of all you try to get up as much as you can, and then pressure wash it. I mean that’s the easiest way to remove any mud, silt. Thank God in there most of it is dry," he said.

The crew has their work cut out for them, because this job also comes with a short deadline. The owner of ABC ChemDry expects there to be about 100 man hours put into this project, and he’s hoping to have the entire parking lot cleaned out for a banquet on Saturday.

Donations can be made to the Whitestown Veterans here.

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