Harvest Hope Food Bank expects to resume emergency food distributions at its Shop Road facility Friday morning, after a broken sprinkler head forced the facility to close Thursday.
About 2,000 gallons of water spilled in the warehouse when the sprinkler head ruptured early Wednesday morning and destroyed about $9,000 worth of food in the freezer.
Food bank personnel and service crews responded and began cleaning the facility throughout the day Wednesday.
“We still have some drying machines running in the warehouse and will continue running them all weekend,” said food bank spokesman Skot Garrick.
Harvest Hope’s pantry at 1775 12th St. in Cayce remained open Thursday.
Garrick said officials don’t yet know how much of the needed repairs, that will include an indoor evaporator, will be covered by insurance.
“We’ll certainly file a claim and we’ll just have to wait and see,” Garrick said.