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Clendenin EMS building facing mold problems

Eight months after June's flood Kanawha County EMS crews are still without their Clendenin building. (WCHS/WVAH)

Eight months after June's flood Kanawha County EMS crews are still without their Clendenin building. Chaplain Mike Jarrett tells Eyewitness News they are facing a mold issue inside causing the cleanup to take longer than expected.

"You can still smell the mold in the building now," Jarrett said. "Imagine what it has done to our equipment. It may not seem like it, but in many ways we are victims of this flood too."

The inside of the downtown Clendenin facility was stripped of mold twice, but it keeps coming back. The building has to be as sterile as possible to keep medical equipment inside. The cleanup is taking longer than expected.

"We finally get momentum going on cleaning," Jarrett said. "You think you have something clean. The mold will show up thirty days later. We've had to rip down all of the drywall we put up. We do not want to just be impulsive with money. It would be more expensive to get a new place when we have one that is here."

Currently Kanawha County EMS has to send ambulances from Elkview to respond to Clendenin emergencies. Neighbors are having to wait longer for first responders to arrive.

"Right now we are trying to be as responsible as we can and get this back open with the limited funds we have."

To shorten these wait times Kanawha County EMS crews are trying to keep more ambulances on the roads. The closest one to the call will be dispatched to respond. Jarrett said it will take at least $30,000 to get the downtown building in shape to re-open.

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