Summit County Salvation Army asking for help after distribution center floods

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AKRON, OH -- The Salvation Army in Summit County had their distribution center flood over the weekend after a pipe burst and they're asking the public for help during the repairs.

"When we came in on Monday morning, we opened up the door and the water came out and to our surprise everything was under water," recalls Spokesperson Jeanette Brown.

She said they have fans spread throughout the facility to dry everything out. It's going to be a tough task, there was a lot in here.

It's unclear how much damage there is at this point, and how much it will cost to repair.

"Right now our focus is on the loss of service that we can't provide out of this building to the families," said Brown.

Every month, around 175 families come in to get food, but they won't be able to this week.

Brown said they're redirecting those families to other pantries around the county.

"It is upsetting for people who do need food and people who are homeless," said Debbie Phillips.

She didn't know the distribution center was temporarily closed and showed up with her husband.

So did Birtha Walker.

"They're going to give me another place to go to get some food for my grandkids," she said.

Brown said they are doing the best the can, and are thankful some of the donations could be saved.

In the meantime, clean up continues and help is desperately needed.

"Anything people can do, monetary donations to help, we're open to whatever the families and the public want to do to help. Summit County has always been supportive and we're reaching out to the community," she said.

The Salvation Army is asking anyone who may need assistance to call 2-1-1.

They will be able to tell you where the closest pantry is and when it will be open.

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