Disaster in Stanley
Just before Christmas of 2020, SERVPRO of Minot received a call from The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints in Stanley, ND. Above the Church's indoor basketball court, a sprinkler pipe had burst cascading hundreds of thousands of gallons of water down on the church. This water spread throughout the building and spilled into the parking lot and nearby streets before being discovered.
This was one of the worst disasters we saw that year. Due to the pipe burst not being discovered for a period of time, it meant that the water had time to soak into the materials and contents throughout the church. Besides the collapsed ceiling, there was significant damage to the floors, walls, doors, and contents throughout the church.
Once we had received the call and had staff on site to assess the damage, technicians began working over the weekend to begin removing damaged materials and starting the drying process. With a job of this size (over 16,000 sq. ft.) it requires almost our entire staff along with additional temporary workers to make sure we are meeting deadlines for drying and saving as much of the existing structure as quickly as possible.
With a loss this devastating, it will be a while before normal operations in the church can resume. It took a couple of weeks for drying to be completed, followed immediately by application of anti-microbial products to prevent mold growth. Once that was completed, a construction company was brought in to build back and repair the building's damages and removed components until it was restored like new and ready to reopen. This involved repairing the flood cuts in the drywall, replacement of damaged carpeting, repairs to the ceiling and, of course, replacement of the basketball court flooring.
This was a devastating loss for the Stanley community and people of the church, but SERVPRO of Minot is here to help get things back to normal and are glad that nobody was hurt in the loss.