WEST END, OH (FOX19) - Storms throughout the Tri-State Wednesday night wrecked havoc to local homes, businesses and organizations.
One of those affected being St. Vincent de Paul's Old Young and Bertke building in the West End, where harrowing winds and flooding collapsed the roof and set off the internal sprinkler system.
The sprinkler system caused the building to flood through its foundation, ruining a lot of the donations that are housed within its structure.
"Our guys showed up this morning and found out that the roof had collapsed," said Director of Community Relations Larry Shields. "We believe a lot of water pooled on the flat roof and collapsed the roof."
Because the organization runs on donations and a lot of their merchandise was ruined, it hopes the community can come together and replace what they had.
"We estimate we lost more than $10,000, between 20 pallets of things that people have donated to St. Vincent de Paul," said Shields. "We rely solely on donations and that's the lifeblood of our organization and how we make the money that services our community."
The organization said it will have to start over in order to provide the same services year after year .
"We really are starting over," claimed Shields. "It will take the community coming together."
Click here for a list of donation drop-off locations or call 513-421-2273 to schedule a pickup.