City working to prevent flooding

Both recent hailstorms caused extensive flooding to the building that houses the Greenwood Senior Citizens and its thrift shop.

Seniors centre members assess the damage after a second hail storm caused flooding in the building.

The City of Greenwood is working with the Greenwood Senior Citizens Branch 99 to help prevent another flood similar to the two recent incidents at the drop-in centre that cost the group over $1,200.

Both recent hailstorms caused extensive flooding to the building that houses the organization and its thrift shop, and the city has responded by providing gravel and concrete barriers designed to stem the flow of runoff after a major storm.

“We have formed an excellent relationship with public works superintendent Randy Smith,” said the seniors’ spokesperson Les Goddard. “His response to our disaster was swift and effective, and we hope together we can prevent this from ever happening again.”

Goddard has applied for a New Horizons grant to cover the replacement of doors and carpeting, though the centre is endeavouring to keep the Senior Citizens’ Thrift Shop open to generate much needed income while the clean-up continues.