West Central Women's Resource Centre stuck with $10K bill after flood

West Central Women's Resource Centre stuck with $10K bill after flood

The West Central Women's Resource Centre is looking for the public's help after a flood forced the closure of the organization's Ellice Avenue building in late January and left them with $10,000 bill.

A pipe burst one evening and sent water through the facility, which provides a drop-in and support services to immigrant and Indigenous women in Winnipeg.

"Because it happened all over night, half the centre was completely covered with water," spokesperson Denise MacDonald said. "It was quite devastating."

Insurance has covered most of the repairs but they are is still facing $10,000 in costs not covered, she said.

The centre has launched a fundraising campaign and in the interim are offering programming out of the basement at the John Howard Society building on Ellice.

"We've still been trying to offer as many services as we can but it's been very, very limited," MacDonald said. "We were looking at the statistics and in January before the flood we served 630 women. Then after the flood we were only able to serve 77, so it's been quite a drastic reduction in services."

It's affected many of the centre's programs, she said.

"Women looking for housing can no longer meet with the homes program," for example, she said. "We have to wait till we're back open."

MacDonald said repairs are nearing completion and the centre is slated to reopen by the end of April. Donations can be made at the resource centre's website.

 "We're just hoping people sort of believe in what we're doing and feel that they could give a few dollars ... so that we can get open as soon as possible."