Parksville Legion Branch 49 has reopened, nearly three weeks after a flash flood destroyed the floor in the legion's lounge.
A storm dropped 33 millimetres of rain in 18 minutes the evening of Sept. 2, filling the legion's raised patio with water, which funneled into the lounge area, ruining the plywood floor.
The legion re-opened Wednesday, with all activities held in its hall area.
An insurance adjuster originally told legion members the building would be closed until Remembrance Day.
"I said: 'Heck, no, it's got to be a little earlier than that,'" said Laura Bonner, legion manager.
For now, staff members, and the community groups that hold bingos and other events there, are glad to have the hall running again, even though it's in a much smaller space.
"Now we have to squash everybody into one room," said Bonner.
Four community bingos previously held in the hall now have to share space with the lounge which was temporarily moved there. Alcohol can't be served at bingos, so the bar is moved back into the lounge area during bingos. Having the lounge out of commission removes 3,600 square feet of floor space. The building normally has capacity for 440 people but the 1,800-square-foot hall has room for 134.
"We're all having to adjust," Bonner said. "We're one of the busiest legions on the Island. We're open seven days. We have a lot of things going on. I didn't realize how much, until I had to cancel them all."
While the building is insured, the legion will accept donations to shore up any shortfalls not covered under the policy. That amount won't be known until after the work is complete.
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