By Miriam Raftery
February 15, 2019 (Alpine) – “The powerful storm system that swept across our region has taken a toll on our sanctuary grounds - and made a HUGE mess in its wake,” Bobbi Brink, founder of the Lions, Tigers and Bears rescue facility in Alpine writes in an e-mail to supporters.
Photo, right: The barn - which includes our gift shop and surgery room - has flooded and the downstairs office and volunteer area have take on water too.
While all of the animals are safe in lock-down dens, the property suffered major damage. Muddy rivers have been carved through the property and every habitat pool on the property has flooded over. Water from pools has been mixed with mud, meaning pool filters and pumps are clogged and cannot be used - or the high levels of sediment will break them.
Major clean-up work is needed. “We will need to rent heavy machinery to help re-grade the property and remove excess mud. In addition, we will need to purchase piping and hire an excavator and operator to install it underground throughout the property to help drain and remove the build up of water,” Brink says.
A surgery center, gift shop, volunteer area and office have also flooded.
You can help by donating at https://interland3.donorperfect.net/weblink/WebLink.aspx?name=E341566&id=13.