Crews work to clean up after flooding at the Jefferson County Rescue Mission in Pevely.

Crews work to clean up after flooding at the Jefferson County Rescue Mission in Pevely.

It looks like the Jefferson County Rescue Mission in Pevely will be out of commission for at least a few weeks after a pipe burst under a kitchen sink and flooded its main building. The flooding occurred this past weekend and was discovered Monday (July 27), said board member Judy Fisher.

The Rescue Mission, 8943 Commercial Blvd. (Hwy. 61-67), is a nonprofit organization dedicated to helping people in need, but it has temporarily ceased operations while repairs are made, Fisher said.

“The floor on the main level was soaked and starting to buckle,” she said. “It flooded the basement, as well. We had brand-new Christmas toys and school supplies down there.”

Fisher said not all of the items in the basement were ruined, but there was a significant loss.

She said Wednesday (July 29) that Rescue Mission leaders didn’t know yet how much money it will take to repair the building and replace the ruined items.

“We’re still working on an estimate,” Fisher said.

She said repair work has begun, but the nonprofit organization’s charitable work is at a standstill.

“I’m going to say we’ll be closed at least three weeks, including this week,” Fisher said. “We keep our food (for distribution to those in need) in another building, but the contractor’s equipment is taking up the parking lot so we can’t give out the food. We had to close off the parking lot.”

Fisher said the organization would greatly appreciate donations during this difficult time.

“I don’t think insurance will cover all our repairs and all we lost,” she said. “We can use monetary donations or school supplies or toys for Christmas. We give out the school supplies in August.”

Fisher said Louise Sardo, who co-founded the Rescue Mission with her late husband, Mike, continues to run the organization after 41 years.

Normally, people may call the Rescue Mission, but volunteers do not have access to the phones during the repair work, Fisher said.

“We’re asking for prayers and anything else anyone else can do for us,” she said.

Donations may be mailed to the Jefferson County Rescue Mission, P.O. Box 211, Pevely, 63070. For more information about the organization, send an email to jeffersoncountyrescuemission@yahoo.com.

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