SALINA, Kan. (KAKE) - The Salina Salvation Army is asking for the community's help after their buildings sustained what they call massive water damage.

In a press release sent to KAKE on Sunday, the Salvation Army says Salina was hit with a fast-moving severe weather system that generated torrential rain at a rate of 3 inches per hour. Coupled with hailstones that tore through structures several weeks ago, this has caused flooding and property damage.

The organization says the Salvation Army Salina corps building on North Santa Fe, and the Thrift store on fifth and Walnut which serves the community, hundreds of hail impacts made Swiss cheese of the roof, which allowed water in, damaging fixtures, clothing items and leaving behind soaked ceiling tiles and carpet.

"Unfortunately, this extensive damage and subsequent repairs are jeopardizing critical feeding programs and services at the corps and operations of the Thrift store," the company said.

“Even though we have sustained significant damage at both locations, this will not deter us from fulfilling sthe mission of The Salvation Army in Salina,” said Lieutenant Luke Hirsch, Salvation Army Salina Corps Director. “It may slow us down a bit, but we know we have a strong community that will step up and help us achieve even more than we can accomplish on our own.”

Although covered by insurance, it is expected that any settlement will take time and will not be enough to cover the added expense to keep programs running and addressing the damages, the Salvation Army said.

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Or call Lt. Luke Hirsch at: 785-823-2251.