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Minor flooding at ARC gives workers day off

| Friday, May 4, 2012, 6:29 a.m.

About 150 workers had the day off Tuesday at the ARC of Westmoreland after overnight rains caused minor flooding at the Hempfield Township facility.

"Our staff found it when they arrived at 7 a.m. The water came in at the back part of the building near the foundation. We thought there was around 3 inches of water on the floor in the workshop area, but the fire department said there was an inch and a half. It was cleaned up by 10:30 a.m., so we served the firefighters lunch through our food service department," said Peggy Watson, director of public affairs.

Watson said ARC workers typically arrive at 9:30 a.m. and were given the day off to allow for the cleanup.

"There was no damage to anything. They'll be able to return to work again tomorrow," she said.

The agency provides mentally retarded and developmentally disabled residents with employment opportunities. Watson said the workers perform piecemeal assembly work for local businesses and communities in the workshop that was flooded.

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