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Minor flooding damages Friendsville animal shelter

11:01 PM, Jun 23, 2013   |    comments
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About 40 cats had to temporarily relocate after two inches of water made its way inside the Humane Society of East Tennessee.

(WBIR-Friendsville, TN) The Humane Society of East Tennessee faces at least $4,000 in damages after heavy rain flooded the animal shelter late last week.

On Thursday evening, about 2 inches of rain made its way into every room, except one.

The animal shelter in Friendsville houses about 40 cats and 4 dogs. All the animals had to be relocated while volunteers mopped up the water.

"It did a total of every room here except for one so all our cat rooms were flooded out," said Sue Burda, co-founder of the Humane Society of East TN.

Burda said the gazebo her husband built for one of the cat rooms will have to be taken down so the bottom base can be replaced.

The shelter lost flooring and baseboards but they are hopeful the medical equipment and computer will still work.

"It got under all this wood, which again is not treated wood because you can't have it with the cats," Burda explained.

Because of a hill that slopes down to the side of the building, all the water came in through the floors.

Burda plans to put in more drains and a retaining wall between the shelter and the hill to prevent future flooding.

"Our goal is not having sick cats and mold will cause them all to get upper respiratory infections," she said.

The shelter had planned on starting a vaccine program in August.

Burda said that may be delayed a couple of months while they work on the shelter.

The nonprofit runs on donations. If you would like to help, visit www.humanesocietytn.org or call 865-309-4738. Checks can also be mailed to 548 S. Union Grove Road, Friendsville, 37737.

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