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Flood-Damaged Boys And Girls Club Needs Your Help

BoysgirlsclubThe walls may be a little hollow, the floors bare and the furniture wrecked, but it’s still The SCV Boys and Girls Club.

It needs fixing. And some help from you.

Kids, parents and supporters of the youth organization responded quickly when the calls went out on social networking sites that the Club was flooded on Sunday during a torrential rainstorm that dumped eight inches of rain on the valley.

“We got a call from one of the teams playing basketball in the gym that water was pouring in through the doors from the club into the gym,” explained Ronda Chobanian, the director of the Club’s foundation. “Then a temple group that meets here Sunday night came in through the double doors and said water was coming out the doors there.”


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Chobanian was one of a handful of staff that rushed to the club; all were shocked at the sight of items floating out the doors of the teen room and art center, where there was about 9 inches of water.

Because of a broken light cover on a pump next to the city’s pool, which is adjacent to the activity room, rainwater poured into the wiring and shorted out the system. When the water rose near the pool, the pump that would have normally jumped into service failed to go on and the water rushed into the clubhouse.

“When the city got there and were able to fix the pump, the water was gone in seconds,” Chobanian said. “It was amazing, one minute the water was there and the next, it was gone and we were left with the damage.”

The water was swept out and fans were brought in to try and dry things out, but the damage turned out to be much worse than the club anticipated. Three days later, all the interior walls have been torn out, flooring ripped up and carpeting discarded. Furniture, including a couch, from the teen room is in a dumpster, damaged beyond repair. The refrigerator and microwave from the teen center were destroyed, shorting out when the water hit them, and video game components that floated into the hallway were soaked and useless.

Damage, Chobanian said, could reach as high as $100,000. And insurance isn’t covering it.

“They don’t cover water rising and flooding the building,” she explained.

CBC Cleaning and Restoration has been at the club for the last three days, trying to bring the club back to normal and get rid of the water damage. Chobanian said that the company is helping the club by charging less than their normal fee, but with budget cuts that have already taken place, donations are needed to cover any cleanup and restoration costs. She added that they’re still working on getting a deal on carpeting, as most of the club’s floors have some protective covering.

Activities at the club have had to be moved outside, which is problematic, given the current rainy weather. And to add to the quandary, the city’s playground is undergoing renovation and is closed, so Chobanian said “we’ve got the sidewalk.”

The least damaged room is the arts center, so lots of activities are going on in there. The teen room and learning center, with its banks of computers, were the most heavily damaged, but Chobanian said that they are optimistic that no computers were damaged.

Donations to help with the restoration of the club can be made by going to the club’s website at www.scvbgc.org and clicking on the “Donate to the Club” and “Flood Relief” buttons; mailing a check to the SCV Boys and Girls Club Foundation at 24909 Newhall Avenue, Santa Clarita, CA 91321 or calling Chobanian at (661) 254-3063.