Storms batter local nonprofit amid renovations
August 10, 2018 05:26 PM
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. – A local nonprofit was already in the process of repairs after recent rains and hail damaged it, but Thursday night's storm took things from bad to worse.
Casa Esperanza helps provide housing for families of UNM Hospital patients, but on Friday it was forced to close, relocating would-be temporary residents elsewhere.
Rapidly-filling buckets dotted the floor as drops of water still invaded through the roof of the nonprofit after the storm. Dozens of high-powered fans lined the facility's halls to dry out soaked carpets and torn-up walls.
Michael Latting, vice president of the board of directors, had one word to describe the aftermath.
"It's pretty devastating," he said.
Casa Esperanza first flooded during a storm earlier this month when large hail severely damaged its roof, Latting said. On Thursday night, it flooded again.
"No hail this time, but heavy, heavy rain," he said.
Nearly all 28 rooms were heavily damaged, and most of the furniture in them will have to be replaced. In the meantime, patients and their families already battling serious medical conditions have to go elsewhere.
"Social services have taken care of that by putting them in hotels in the area," Latting said.
No families were at Casa Esperanza when the building flooded due to a renovation project. But it will be at least three months before the nonprofit is able to reopen, officials say.
"From every corner of New Mexico families come here," Latting said. "It's a home away from home and we want them to be back and safe."
Staff are still trying to determine an exact estimate of the repairs. They're accepting donations from the public.
Updated: August 10, 2018 05:26 PM
Created: August 10, 2018 04:06 PM
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