Progress Being Made After Flood Damages OKC Boys & Girls Club

Monday, June 30th 2014, 6:36 pm
By: News 9

It's been one week since rainwater flooded a metro Boys & Girls Club, forcing it to shut its doors. The Memorial Park location has since reopened after three days, but the cleanup is far from over.

"We're struggling a little bit to get all those things put back to together, but we're going to do it. It's going to get done," said A. Jaye Johnson, the unit director for the Boys & Girls Club of Oklahoma County near 36th St. and Western Ave.

Crews are remodeling around the clock after last week's flood close operations, frustrating parents and kids.

"It was a little hard for us because my husband had to go to work and come back on his lunch time to pick up the kids," said parent Comfort Nyenetue Cooper.

"I've never seen anything like this at the Boys and Girls Club, it's always open with fun stuff inside," said member Elijah Banks, who's been coming since he was 6 years old.

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The gym is now the only place where all the kids can play since the computer room, games room, arts and crafts center, and several other rooms and offices were destroyed.

"I know this costs a lot of money to repair, so it's going to be a bumpy ride back," said 12-year-old Sergio Hernandez.

In order to accommodate the more than 300 children who come daily, the majority is taken to Trinity Baptist Church on NW 23rd St. to use their space as repairs continue.

"Oh in seven days, it's been amazing what the crews have done," Johnson said. "We've been ripping out walls, getting the walls dried out, putting in new walls, tearing out the carpet, getting ready to paint."

In the meantime, the kids are excited to be back inside.

"I was happy, I got to see my friends. I got to cheer with my friends," said 12-year-old member Jordan Wood. "If this place closed down for good, I would cry and would be so bored at home.

Though there is still so much left to do.

"We're going to have to mop floors and sweep and dust and clean," Johnson said. "We think everything should be done by next week."

The repairs cost about $100,000 and insurance will pay only $30,000.

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