Shepherd Union flooding damage remains unknown

The total damage caused by the water filter flood in the Shepherd Union on Thursday remains unclear.

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Utah Disaster Kleenup and Weber State University facilities are working together to determine the amount of monetary damage caused by the incident.

“We did a walk-through today, and a lot of notes were taken, and that’s about as far as it went,” Monika Rodie, interim director of Shepherd Union, said.

Rodie said that they are still waiting for everything to dry out in order to get an estimate worth of damages.

“We are also waiting on people to check equipment, to see if any equipment was damaged,” Rodie said. “There were some equipment in boxes, and the boxes got wet, but that stuff needs to be taken out of the boxes, and someone has to plug them in and see if they work.”

According to the Utah Disaster Kleenup website, UDK monitors moisture levels and strategically accommodates industrial fans to accelerate evaporation and dehumidifiers to pull moisture from the air—significantly reducing drying time. It is critical to always leave the equipment running until completely dry.

The bowling alley was among the areas affected by the incident. Some of the bowling lanes remained closed until Monday morning with the expectation to open all of its lanes Monday evening.

“They (Utah Disaster Kleenup team) will be taking all of their equipment out then and will be putting all of the furniture back in place. Hopefully, by this evening, we’ll be up and running  again and  have people bowling,” Fred Meares bowling alley coordinator, said.

Meares said that the only area where he saw some issues was in the flooring behind lanes five and six, which is a carpeted area. The bowling lanes did not suffer significant damage.

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Meares also mentioned how fortunate it was that the incident happened when people were around the building.

“Had it happened in the middle of the night, when nobody was here in the building, there would’ve been hundreds of thousands of dollars worth of damage,” Meares said. “It’s amazing how destructive water can be when it is where it’s not supposed to be.”