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UPDATE: AMA receives a new roof after the January storms

The Albany Museum of Art was hit hard by the January 2nd windstorm (Source:WALB) The Albany Museum of Art was hit hard by the January 2nd windstorm (Source:WALB)
Paula Williams, AMA Executive Director (Source:WALB) Paula Williams, AMA Executive Director (Source:WALB)
The museum is receiving a new roof (Source:WALB) The museum is receiving a new roof (Source:WALB)
Williams describes the recovery process as slow (Source:WALB) Williams describes the recovery process as slow (Source:WALB)
ALBANY, GA (WALB) -

After nearly three months with a temporary roof, the Albany Museum of Art is now getting a permanent one.

Albany Museum of Art’s Executive Director Paula Williams told WALB News 10 that the building sustained around $3 million worth of damage due to the January storms.

Around two-thirds of the roof was blown off which caused water to pour into the building.

Luckily, the museum’s collection wasn’t damaged by the storms. The museum’s structure received the biggest hit and a lot of it will need to be rebuilt.

“They’ve had to come in and remove the sheetrock. You can see upstairs, in our offices now, that you couldn’t see before today. They were destroyed as everything in those offices were,” Williams said.

Williams described the recovery process as slow, but is finally starting to see some changes.

Last week, crews started working on a permanent roof. The process should take around six weeks and then the staff can focus on the museum’s interior.

In the meantime, the museum continues to stay active in the community with help from the Flint RiverQuarium and the Thronateeska Heritage Center.

Williams said that she’s noticed a lot of people though who are missing the museum.

“They come to the door and say ‘We just want to see the art’ and we get phone calls from folks who want to have their wedding here, or have a party here, or rent our space,” Williams said.

Williams said she appreciates the community’s support, like Kia of Albany who wrote the museum a $5,000 check for storm relief as well as offering some of their storage space.

Right now, the museum’s staff is looking at a few temporary locations until they decide the best route for the museum’s future.

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