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Basement flood shuts down Billings Men's Shelter, community meal program

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The Montana Rescue Mission Men's Shelter in Billings was flooded early Saturday morning.

Officials reported water from the former Granny's Attic, east of the MRM, flooded and water spread into the basement of the Men's Shelter.

Ninety minutes after discovering the flooding, the city shut off the water by 7:30 a.m. on Saturday.

"Male shelter guests will be temporarily housed in the administration office located across the street from the shelter. This emergency situation has closed down the Montana Rescue Mission public meal program until further notice," the MRM stated in a press release.

"MRM is asking for the public’s help in providing hot ready to serve meals for shelter guests. MRM could also use food that can be served cold, such as sandwiches, fried chicken, salads etc. and water."

Food Services of America has donated the use of a freezer and refrigeration truck for storing food.

According to Executive Director Perry Roberts stated "it’s hard to put a finger on the damage at this point. Our number one priority is to get the okay to again house our guests in the shelter and to once again serve meals to the community.”

In the upcoming week, along with meal assistance, MRM is going to be in need of a large number of volunteers to assist with clean up.

On average Montana Rescue Mission serves 200 meals each day in the community dining room and shelters an average of 68 men each night.

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