Flood waters drain Cochrane Museum checking account – Calgary


Flood waters washed away years of onerous work by the Cochrane Historical & Archival Preservation Society (CHAPS) over the weekend.

“Saturday night, we have been alerted by the Cochrane fireplace division that the creek that’s simply west of the [Cochrane Historical] Museum had overflowed its banks and quite a lot of water was heading towards the museum,” stated Frank Hennessey, a member of CHAPS, which owns and operates the Cochrane Museum.

In just some brief hours, Hennessey estimated greater than three toes of water had rushed in to the museum’s basement.

“We’ve misplaced some footage and artifacts and so forth, however most likely our greatest drawback is we’ve misplaced our basement,” Hennessey stated Wednesday.

The society’s workplace had additionally been housed within the Museum’s basement.

“We’re going to have to switch the carpeting, the drywall from the ground [to] 4 toes up, insulation and issues like that, plus quite a lot of furnishings was there — something that received touched by water mainly we now have to throw out,” he stated.

Flood waters washed away years of onerous work by the Cochrane Historic & Archival Preservation Society over the weekend.

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Hennessey stated he wasn’t positive what insurance coverage would cowl however the deductible was “very, very excessive.”

He stated it was too early to place a greenback determine on the overall price of the harm, however he and different CHAPS members are sure it’ll wipe out their checking account.

“What cash we do have, and we’re not wealthy, would have been going to enhance and improve the museum,” stated Hennessey. “As an alternative, it’s going for use to take us again to the place we have been and that’s form of devastating.”

Based in 1999, CHAPS instantly recognized three native buildings they hoped to protect. The home that’s now house to the museum was amongst them.

It might take years for members to lift the cash wanted to buy the constructing, however lastly in 2012, it was theirs.

By 2014, they’d relocated the home to its present web site, and in 2015, they opened the museum to the general public.

“The sensation of delight in creating this home was large and lots of people labored actually, actually onerous to make it occur and now… this can be a devastating setback,” stated Hennessey.

Flood waters washed away years of onerous work by the Cochrane Historic & Archival Preservation Society over the weekend.

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CHAPS president Larry Need echoed Hennessey’s disappointment.

“All of the sweat and blood through the years we’ve put into this group in accumulating all of the artifacts, it was simply unhappy to see,” Need stated.

Volunteers have been working across the clock since Sunday to scrub and sanitize all of the photographs, artifacts and different objects salvaged from the museum basement. As an official charitable group, CHAPS hasn’t made any formal plans to fundraise to assist cowl the price of repairs.

“If folks need to deliver sacks of cash and put them on our doorstep right here, that will be very, excellent,” Hennessey joked.

Tickets are nonetheless out there for a beforehand deliberate fundraiser subsequent month, and individuals are welcome to make donations via their website.

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