Storm damages Family Advocacy Center in Eloy

Storm damages Family Advocacy Center in Eloy

Credit: Pinal County Attorney's Office

Storm damages Family Advocacy Center in Eloy

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by Jennifer Thomas

azfamily.com

Posted on July 9, 2014 at 9:39 PM

Updated Friday, Jul 11 at 12:17 PM

ELOY, Ariz. -- The Pinal County Attorney's Family Advocacy Center in Eloy was damaged by Tuesday night's storm and won't be fully functional for about a month.

Pinal County Attorney's Office spokesman Jim Knupp said a portion of the roofing was lifted and bent backward by the strong winds, which allowed flooding throughout the center. In addition, an air-conditioning unit and ductwork were damaged beyond repair.

Crews began removing debris, assessing the repairs and securing the county equipment Wednesday morning.

The center's staff has been temporarily housed within Pinal County Sheriff's Office facilities and operations will continue as forensic interviewers will be traveling to law enforcement facilities throughout the county, as needed, according to Knupp.

Early estimates expect to have staff back in the facility in a week and fully functional in a month.

"Our first priority is restoring full services to our victims and Pinal families," Pinal County Attorney Lando Voyles said.

The Family Advocacy Center is a child-friendly facility where law enforcement investigate potential cases of sexual or physical abuse.
 

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