Over-the-Rhine Senior Center reopens after August floods

Posted at 6:03 AM, Nov 17, 2016

CINCINNATI -- Flooding that ravaged parts of Norwood and Clifton back in August also hit parts of Over-the-Rhine, forcing the closure of the Over-the-Rhine Senior Center for the past 10 weeks.

About 80 to 100 people a day rely on the senior center for meals, which they have been delivering these past three months. That ends Thursday as the senior center reopens at 10 a.m.

Torrential rains sent muddy water rushing into the facility at 1720 Race St., soaking everything. While workers were drying things out, they discovered that the drywall and insulation was drenched as well. That meant in addition to tearing out the carpet, the walls had to be gutted and replaced to avoid potential mold and mildew. 

Some seniors have been going to this center for 15 years, meaning closing for so long was difficult. The center provides aging adults the option to be surrounded by others who can relate to some of the challenges they face and find solace in each other.