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By Jim Wallace - bio | email

ALBANY, GA (WALB) - Expensive repair work is underway at a South Georgia non-profit substance abuse treatment center damaged by Wednesday's storm.

The Anchorage's insurance will not cover all the cost of repairs, so they are asking the community to help.  They've already gotten a lot of response.

The Anchorage directors say the community has really stepped up to answer their immediate needs, after yesterday's storm ripped the roofs off two of their buildings. What they need now is financial donations, to help them pay for the repairs.

This is just some of the food that the community has delivered so far to feed the 55 men receiving substance abuse treatment at the Anchorage, to help them recover from storm damage.

 Executive Director Kenny Phillips said " People just came from everywhere. Blackbeards, Roosters, just to name a couple of the local restaurants that have come forth. It's just amazing."

Dozens of Anchorage supporters like Judge Loring Gray have been coming by all day, to check on the cleanup. The clients receiving treatment have been working hard too, but there is still much to do.

The foam roofs on the Cates dorm and the Administration building were ripped by Wednesday's storm winds. Water poured into 12 dorm rooms, causing the ceilings to fall. Classrooms and counselor offices in the administration building were also soaked. To solve the housing problem, 12 aftercare clients, who have received at least four months of treatment, and are now working jobs during the day, will move into the apartment building at the Graceway treatment center in downtown Albany.

Phillips said "Because of Graceway's being sort of a unique organization like ours, dealing with those addicted to drugs and alcohol, that would probably be a better placement for us."

Now the Anchorage has to deal with the costs it will take to repair the storm damage.

 Chairman of the Board Sky Martin said "Our insurance coverage is not going to cover all the damage that we have here, and we are going to have to come out of pocket. So we are going to need financial support."

It will take one week to completely dry out the buildings, then the construction work can begin.

 Martin said "the biggest resource is the fact that the community is behind us. I don't think the Anchorage is going away anytime soon."

As more help pours in by the hour, Anchorage officials are confident they'll come back from the storm stronger than ever.

Anchorage officials say it was just amazing the amount of immediate help that they received last night. Not only the food. Organizations like the Lee County Sheriff to the Marine Base offered to take the clients in and house them during the clean up.

You can make an online donation to help the Anchorage repair the damage here.

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