Ronald McDonald House Closes After Flood
COLUMBIA - The Board of Directors of the Ronald McDonald House closed the facility Friday to allow clean-up after heavy rainfall combined with a broken sump pump caused the building's basement to flood. The charity sought hotel rooms to house parents with sick children who were staying at the house. Due to all of the events in town, finding a hotel to house all 14 families was difficult.
"With everything going on in Columbia, most of the hotels are booked," said Ronald McDonald Board President Mike Morgan.
The Regency Hotel on Broadway in Columbia did come through and donated rooms for all the families. But how long repairs will take and whether they will need to make more reservations in uncertain.
The board decided not to refinish the basement and will operate the house without use of that space. Instead, it will save that money to put towards the new house it is planning to build.
The house is looking for donations and volunteers to help with the cleanup.