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$10,000 worth of food spoiled after food bank sprinkler bursts

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COLUMBIA, SC (WIS) -

Thousands of gallons of water caused Harvest Hope's Emergency Food Pantry on Shop Road to close for the day.

"At this time of year we're seeing about 200 to 300 families every day coming to us asking for food," said Skot Garrick with Harvest Hope.

Wednesday morning a sprinkler head ruptured.

"It poured about 2,000 gallons of water down into the freezer, which flooded out into our warehouse area," Garrick said.

The freezer floor iced over; food ruined and about $10,000 worth of food thrown away.

"The inside of that freezer is minus 10 degrees, so it wasn't weather related," Garrick said. "It may just be old equipment."

Now it's time to cleanup.

"Donations would be very valuable for us right now," Garrick said.

And restock.

Harvest Hope is insured and will file a claim, but officials said they are need of donations to make up for what they lost.

The food pantry on Shop Road will be open Friday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Those who needed food while the pantry was closed were sent to an emergency pantry in Cayce.

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