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Center recovers from storm damage

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By Wainwright Jeffers - bio | email

ALBANY, GA (WALB) -  Your quick response helped men in recovery recover from storm damage Wednesday night.

A powerful afternoon thunderstorm ripped roofs off two buildings at the Anchorage Addiction Rehab Center in Lee County.

Everything in those buildings got soaked. We told you about their need at six o'clock, and our viewers stepped up.

All 55 men at the center had a dry place to sleep Wednesday night.

With the start of a generator the team from Servpro finished up the work the men at the Anchorage started.

"If we can get everything dried out it would be about 24-hours before they could restore power," said Kenny Phillips, Anchorage Executive Director.

The administration building and a dorm were flooded and are without power.

"We were affected with the inability to provide meals and those type of things, we asked the community to step up with that," said Phillips.

AA meetings and spiritual classes had to be canceled.

"My husband and I got in the truck and immediately rushed over," said Savannah Parker, Anchorage Volunteer.

Parker volunteers at the center on Fridays, she went to her church for help.

"I took the message to the pastor and he got with Greg to make things happen," said Phillips.

Byne Memorial Baptist Church came to offer food and volunteered to help any way they can.

"People know this is a well run organization, and they're doing a good thing for people in or community and people rally around that," said Greg Ware, Student Minister Byne Memorial Baptist Church.

Within a matter of hours the organization had a tremendous outpouring of generosity.

"Not only from churches, from businesses, and individuals that have walked in and said I can't cook but I can bring you some money," said Phillips.

The Anchorage does have insurance, but they say financial donations will help pay the deductible and make repairs quickly.

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