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Waterfowl Rescue group gets aid for storm repairs

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    - Carolina Waterfowl Rescue
    Some of the birds at the rescue facility during last week’s snowfall. (Photo courtesy of Carolina Waterfowl Rescue.)
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    - Carolina Waterfowl Rescue
    The weight of snow and ice caused the collapse of two buildings last week at Carolina Waterfowl Rescue in Indian Trail. (Courtesy of Carolina Waterfowl Rescue.)

The Union County-based Carolina Waterfowl Rescue group has landed a $5,000 grant to help repair damage from last week’s winter storm.

Carolina Waterfowl, a nonprofit group, suffered major damage at its Indian Trail facilities after more than six inches of snow and a quarter-inch of ice accumulated last Wednesday and Thursday.

The roof and supports of two aviaries collapsed during the storm, forcing volunteers to move a number of birds to safer quarters.

Carolina Waterfowl rescues and rehabilitates sick, injured and orphaned birds.

The Humane Society of the United States made the donation, according to Carolina Waterfowl officials. They say Charlotte-Mecklenburg Animal Care & Control, a division of the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department, approached the Humane Society about the grant.

The Coalition to Unchain Dogs, Hands on Charlotte and CMPD’s Animal Care & Control also provided volunteers to help with clean-up.

“We just can’t thank these agencies enough,” said Jennifer Gordon, the waterfowl rescue group’s director.

Gordon said Carolina Waterfowl is looking for additional funding to complete repairs. For information, check www.carolinawaterfowlrescue.com.

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