#Activate10: Riverton emergency shelter suffers significant flood damage

The nonprofit Fremont County Alliance Against Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault recently experienced a damaging flood at their Riverton location. Currently, cleanup and deciding on the next steps for the building are underway.

Even though this happened, their Executive Director Sydney Allred confirmed that they are still offering services for community members in need – 24/7/365 you can call the crisis line at (307) 856-4734 and connect with an advocate for help.

A community partner stepped up to help them continue providing emergency housing services for the foreseeable future, Allred explained. It will likely take close to two years for them to have a building of their own in Riverton again.

The burst pipe that caused the flooding was on the second floor, which after a few days of running caused so much damage that they are not sure if they will need to repair the damaged portion or demolish the building and start over. Since cleanup has begun, they have, unfortunately, found asbestos in a few places and have pumped out over 400 gallons of water.

In addition to the building damage, the water flowed onto the breaker which caused it to short and burn up all of their appliances.

Below are a few photos of some of the damage caused by the flood inside the building.

The building was built in 1918 and has been many different things over the years, Allred shared with County 10. It has served over 1,700 local families over the years through the Fremont County Alliance and holds a sentimental place in the hearts of not only their staff but the community as well.

Right now, they are holding a “Winter Raffle” on their website to raise money for their program. A donation of $25 puts your name in to win great prizes. The raffle is happening now and the drawing is slated to take place on December 23rd. Click here to learn more about the raffle.

They hope to know within the coming weeks what the next steps will be. County 10 will keep you updated on the plan and ways for the community to help as information is shared.

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