Habitat for Humanity Restore Center Damaged by Flood

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WALTON COUNTY-- Walton County’s Habitat for Humanity organization gladly accepts donations of new and used appliances, light fixtures, and other items that can be used in the homes they build.

Habitat members call the donation area the Restore Center.

They'd spent about $25,000 the last four months renovating the latest Restore Center off Highway 393.

Then the rains came, flooding the facility with two feet of water, and ruining everything inside.

"Our Habitat for Humanity Restore is the largest contributor to our budget, this will set us back tremendously due to the enormous amount of flooding that had taken place,” said Teresa Imdieke, Executive Director of Habitat for Humanity.

Habitat workers had painted the whole building, installed new carpet and moved all their donations from the Freeport store, to the South Walton store, when disaster struck.

Habitat for Humanity is renting the building from the South Walton Fire District, so Habitat's insurance won't cover the loses.

"Because they are a tenant, through our insurance policy that we’ve got and see what that covers and hopefully they get back on their feet as soon as possible,” said Sammy Sanchez, of the South Walton Fire District.

Habitat workers and volunteers say they'll start over, hoping to have the Restore center repaired and filled with new donations by June 1.

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