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Breakfast helps raise money for flooded fire station

VINTON (KWWL) -- About four feet of water filled the Vinton Fire Station during our June flooding. The waterline is marked with a sticker.

Fighting the flood was a difficult and busy time for Vinton's 25 volunteer firefighters.

"We had two jobs going at the same time, trying to save the fire station and also trying to rescue people," said Vinton Assistant Fire Chief Dan Albert.

Firefighters dished up food to help raise money for repairs to the station. FEMA estimates the damage to a training room and kitchen is about $265,000.

Firefighters worked for more than three weeks just to be able to have the breakfast here. Assistant Chief Dan Albert said the community really turned out to support the fire department.

"We're having a better turn out this year than we usually get. Usually we serve bout 1100 and we're a lot busier this morning than we have been so I think we're gonna top that this year," said Albert.

Alanna Higdon has lived in Vinton for nine years. She's never been to a pancake breakfast. But this year, she wanted to help out her community after the flood.

"It really changed a lot people's lives, and we all came together," said Higdon.

Most of the vehicles and other heavy equipment were removed from the fire station before the flooding,

But, many appliances, including the refrigerator, stove, washer, dryer, furnace and water heater needed to be replaced.

Online Reporter: Danielle Wagner
Online Producer: Mike Verlo

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