Salvation Army damaged during Hurricane Florence

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Water got through the roof of the Salvation Army and filled many rooms, like the kitchen, with water. (Photo: Major Mark Craddock)

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Hurricane Florence did a number on many places throughout the Cape Fear, and the Salvation Army in downtown was not spared either.

Major Mark Craddock with the Salvation Army says he and his staff were going to ride out the storm at the Salvation Army. However, rain quickly came through the roof and they evacuated the 35 people in the their shelter to the family center. The building is now not usable. Craddock says it’s upsetting to look back at it but they must move froward.

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“Friday morning of the storm when the roof peeled away and the water began flowing through, you don’t have time to think. It was ‘ I’ve got to get these people safe and we’ve got to get them to a safe place.’ We moved them all out into the family store which is next door to us and then the reality hits to you, it’s like ‘we’re going to be out of a place for a long time to come here,’” Craddock said.

Craddock says they are launching a capital campaign to build a new shelter and a new community center off Martin Luther King Boulevard across from ILM Airport.