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Flooding hits Bigfork after school facility

2.38" of rain fell in 12 hours
Bigfork ACES flooding
Posted at 6:30 AM, Sep 10, 2019
and last updated 2019-09-10 08:37:31-04

BIGFORK — A Bigfork after school program with 50 children has been displaced after their facility flooded.

ACES program director Cathy Hay told MTN News that noticed lots of pooling water and erosion around the building on Sunday evening.

The National Weather Service in Missoula reports 2.38 inches of rain fell in Bigfork in 12 hours.

Hay believes a big reason why the building floods is due to heavy rain run off and erosion from the street above ACES facility.

“So, when I arrived this morning, I knew there was a hard rain last night and I came by last evening and saw the water kinda running through the yard, and I didn’t expect quite so much damage. It was flooded inside,” explained Hay.

Hay showed MTN inside the building and chairs, Legos and Hay’s desk all sit in a pool of water.

“You know we’ve got soaked cabinets and my computer was sitting in water and things like that. We probably will have to find an alternative place to run our program for the next couple of days until we get things dried out,” said Hay.

She says right now, the plan is to move the after school program to another building until this one can be repaired. The Bigfork Summer Playhouse has offered ACES a space to continue to hold their after school program.

Hay is using shop vacs and heaters to dry out the space and anticipates that it will take a few days for the facility to completely dry out.