Months later, Bean's Cafe still damaged from Nov. 30 earthquake
A magnitude 7.1 earthquake rocked Southcentral Alaska in November. Homes were damaged and destroyed, roads buckled and broke.
Nearly six months later, Alaskans are still being affected — even those without homes.
Bean's Cafe was left with a large crack in the floor that runs through the entire building. The nonprofit serves hundreds of Alaskans each day who are facing hunger and homelessness.
Lisa Sauder, the organization's executive director, said the crack is causing a hazard for those who work and eat there.
"It could be a potential trip hazard," Sauder said. "A lot of our clients use walkers and canes and need a little extra assistance, and we don't wanna see anyone have an issue. Also just for cleanliness, we want to keep the cleanest facility we can."
This repair comes at a pricey cost of $33,000.
"It certainly isn't something we budgeted for," said Sauder.
The repair would help them fix the crack and resurface the floors.
Sauder says Bean's Cafe has exhausted all avenues for potential funding from federal, state and local government relief, but the organization needs the community's help.
"We're hoping that the community will step up and help us, and get this facility back to 100 percent," said Sauder.
The cafe couldn't work on the damage after the earthquake because the facilities were being used 24 hours a day to provide overnight shelter and dinner for about 100 people each night.
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