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Burst pipe floods JCPS clothing assistance program

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- The deep freeze instantly victimizes thousands of JCPS families when a burst pipe flooded the closets of a clothing assistance program.

The Clothing Assistance Program allows low-income families to shop for school clothes. But that was jeopardized Thursday morning when a burst pipe flooded the JCPS clothing closet. 

"It helps out when you don't have the money to go out and buy stuff for your kids and stuff," said JCPS parent Sherrie Grant.

Grant has two growing young girls and a limited income. She does most of her school shopping at JCPS's Clothing Assistance Program, often referred to as CAP. 

"When your kids are cold and they need a coat, you know, this is one place I know I can rely on."

But right now, the place is a mess. And instead of serving less fortunate families, PTA volunteers are using squeegees, industrial sized fans and shop vacs to clean up the place.

"We had over a hundred appointments today," said 15th District PTA President Heather Wampler.  "And so we had to cancel those appointments because of the water -- we couldn't have them in the building."

Thursday morning, water spilled everywhere after the pipe burst. 

"We are now getting all of the wet clothes picked up and trying to figure out how we can get them dried," said Wampler, who notes it is crucial that they get the clothes dried and on hangers as soon as possible.

"And we need volunteers as fast as we can to get this accomplished," Wampler added.

"Knowing that they may be lost, yeah, it hurts," said Grant, who knows that sooner, rather than later, she'll need to bring her girls shopping for school clothes again. 

"I have not set up my next appointment yet, I need to," Grant said.

Anyone who can and wants to help the JCPS Clothing Assistance Program should contact the 15th District PTA by clicking here or calling 502-671-9451.

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