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Heavy rains damage Boy Scouts shop

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Last night's heavy rains caused significant damage to the Boy Scout's main shop and office building in Charlotte. Water began pouring into the scout shop that sells uniforms and guides yesterday evening. By the time the rain stopped, much of the office was covered by 4 inches of water. Mark Turner, the director for the scouts service center, estimates the water caused hundreds of thousands of dollars in damages. "I guess we spent till about 3:30 in the morning pumping water out of the building, sucking water up out of carpet, ripping carpet up and removing our inventory-uniforms, books, sleeping bags, and tents to get our building dried up," explains Turner. Turner says contractors believe stormwater began pushing up through an uncapped pipe that was part of the building's former roof drainage system. He says fifteen volunteers showed up this morning to start sorting the salvageable uniforms and supplies from the ones that will have to be thrown away. Turner expects The Boy Scouts Insurance will cover the losses.