Women's center to reopen this month

August 12, 2010 4:00:17 PM PDT
After severe flooding in July, the Women's Center of Wake County thought it would be able to reopen its doors by mid-August. However, officials have learned that it will be the end of the month before it can reopen.

The delay is making the hot weather more difficult to bear for dozens of women and children.

Precious Douglas, who is homeless, depends on the women's center every day.

"I've been up here in Raleigh four years," Douglas told ABC11 Eyewitness News. "When I first came and didn't have nowhere to go. I come in here many a days."

Now, Douglas is counting the days until the center reopens.

The center's executive director, Jean Williams, says the opening was delayed during the cleanup process.

"The longer they were working in the cleanup, the more things they discovered some of it from prior flood events," Williams explained. "Some of the wall boards were removed because of mold or mildew and air purifying is being done again because you get some mold and water hits and it starts to grow."

On average, between 60 and 70 children a day depend on the women's center in downtown Raleigh for shelter. Especially, on a white flag day when there's a heat advisory, so the closing is making the situation more challenging.

Williams says she expects the center to be ready on August 30.

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