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Mannford daycare struggling to rebuild one month after severe storm

Posted at 4:46 PM, Jul 23, 2019
and last updated 2019-07-23 18:10:57-04

MANNFORD, Okla. — On an average day, Lakeside Child Development Center cares for about 90 children.

But after a severe storm ripped across the site in June, resources are cut almost in half.

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"The insurance company opted to just take everything down to the studs to replace everything in case of mold. We don't want anybody to get sick," owner Debbie Ardrey said.

Instead the daycare is using administrative buildings, and operating out of pods set up outside.

"I really thought I lost my job. I didn't know where these kids were going to go. The first thing we thought was could we be up and running in a week or not, but it ended up being ten days," assistant director Amy Maxville said.

Staff tell 2 Works for You they're struggling to find resources to get things back to normal.

"The contractors are all pretty much focused on Sand Springs... the flooding victims which is understandable. The flood hit first so we're just having to wait in line until they can get to us," Ardrey said.

The director said it could be two months before they're back up to speed. In the meantime the daycare is fundraising for a safe room, not taking any chances in case this happens again.

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