Weekend flooding across Johnson County has affected numerous homes and businesses, with the Oil Springs Cultural Arts and Recreation Center among them.

Becky Clay with OSCAR-based BlueGrace Art Studios said the flooding affected the entire first floor of the building, where renovations were already underway, leaving behind

contaminated water and mud.

Already, approximately a dozen volunteers have set to work cleaning the center.

“It’s a mess, but we’re getting one room cleaned up after another,” Clay said. “Slowly, but surely. All volunteers. No one is being paid for their work. We need all the community support we can get.”

The Route 23 Cultural Heritage Network, which backs the OSCAR Center, has started a $500 fundraiser on Facebook to cover the costs of cleaning supplies, equipment and paint to help the volunteer effort. Clay said aging floor trim was quickly eroded or broken loose by the floodwater.

Clay said that some of the work volunteers are doing involves heavy lifting, while other volunteers are needed for simpler work, such as cleaning dishes and chairs.

Those who cannot donate money but can donate supplies, including paper towels, mops, bleach, dishwashing soap and drain cleaner, can bring those items to the OSCAR Center. For more information or to donate, visit the Route 23 Cultural Heritage Network on Facebook.

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