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Roanoke Rescue Mission flooded Friday morning

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The Roanoke Rescue Mission is working to put together a continental breakfast for the people it feeds every morning after its kitchen and main dining room were flooded this morning.

The Men's Shelter staff was doing interior rounds in the Rescue Mission's main dining room and kitchen when they noticed a water main burst, flooding the kitchen and dining room as well as the hallway leading to that area. Parts of the ceiling where the main broke fell and had to be removed to release the remaining trapped water.

The water was turned off at the source and the clean up is under way.

Program participants from both the recovery program and the Tabitha Program were forced to get dressed quickly. All furnishings were removed so that two large machines could be brought in to remove more than two inches of water on the floors.

The kitchen crew is working to serve a continental breakfast to the more than 300 men, women and children who were still asleep in the shelters when it happened. "It's another crisis for people already in crisis, but thank God we know how to handle a crisis at the Rescue Mission," Joy Sylvester-Johnson, the Mission's CEO said in a statement.

This is the second time the Mission says it has had to deal with a flooding situation this year. Earlier, the sprinkling system burst in the women and children's center as the pipes began to thaw from the cold. That flood happened in the IT area and destroyed three rooms requiring new ceilings, floors and IT equipment. The repairs in that area had just been completed.

"This latest tragedy is hoped to be less costly, but actually is causing more of a problem for the daily operation of the kitchen which daily feeds up to a thousand meals per day," said kitchen manager Ron Taconet.

The Rescue Mission is still working to figure out how to do lunch by the time it needs to be ready later today.

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