After the brunt force mother nature displayed last week, the Wayne Community Association (WCA) is not rolling over in the aftermath.
The Mail spoke with WCA president Fred Dayman about the damages the Wayne Community Hall has sustained due to the flooding of the Rosebud River.
“They are tearing out the drywall, pulling out the carpets, furnace and hot water tank. The fridge and stove will have to be replaced,” said Dayman. “There has been definite damage to the little hall for sure.”
Dayman was proactive in his thinking by moving all furniture and other items to a higher level before the flood hit the small community. A foot of water was found in the basement but everything moved remained intact.
“It’s gone down now but our campground area has about a foot and a half to two feet of silt in places so there is going to be a lot of cleanup for that,” said Dayman.
Insurance has yet to kick in for the hall but they are still in need of big equipment for the campground like a grader, trucks, bobcat and a front-end loader. A bobcat or front-end loader for a day would help with preliminary cleanup.
The Town of Drumheller has promised the association they would assist them with this cleanup but are currently working on Spring Clean-Up around town.
“Things have to dry out anyway, so it may work out okay by the time they are done. Hopefully, we are going to be able to get their equipment down here and clean most of it up,” he said.
A small volunteer crew came in on Saturday, April 28, to help remove furniture and other items out of the hall so workers can do the proper repairs needed.
Dayman reported they found one foot of silt in the camp kitchen which has since been cleaned out as well as the maintenance shed and outhouses.
“We had a good bit of support on Saturday so all-in-all so far so good. We will need a little more to help clean around the picnic tables and stuff once we get the sand out of there,” said Dayman.
“Hopefully the sun keeps shining and the wind keeps blowing.”
Photo above: Fred Dayman of the Wayne Community Association surveys the damage caused by the surge of the Rosebud River last week as it tore through Wayne, damaging the community hall and its facilities. Volunteers in the community are banding together to get the hall back into shape.