By CRAIG MURPHY
Of the Keizertimes
When Danny Wold saw the water damage in his building, his reaction was somewhat unusual.
While most would react differently, it’s actually understandable given the circumstances.
Wold owns Classic Tap Dance Studio at 392 Chemawa Road North with his sister, Jane Raddatz. The two have endured plenty of hardships in recent years, including the passing of their parents and friends, a bout with cancer for Raddatz and someone breaking into their business in July.
That should give some context to Wold’s reaction upon seeing damage caused by burst pipes the early afternoon of Dec. 10.
“When I opened the door and saw water pouring down, I started laughing,” Wold said. “I said, ‘You have got to be kidding me.’”
For the record, Wold said her sister’s reaction was perhaps more expected.
“She was more devastated,” Wold said. “She said, ‘I can’t believe there’s been one more thing.’ She broke into a crying spell.”
The burst pipes came in the midst of unusually cold (for this area) weather. If it makes the siblings feel better, at least they weren’t alone in their misery.
“There was a lot of damage,” Wold said. “The pipes in the ceiling froze up and cracked. They were old, galvanized pipes. The guy who came from ServiceMaster had 77 calls from that Tuesday.”
Most of the damage was done in the back portion of the building, which Wold estimated is about 40 years old.
“We’re not sure how extensive the repair work will be yet, but it will be into the thousands,” Wold said on Dec. 13. “Everything in this back office and the back studio floor got damaged.”
The business was going to close for the holidays anyway on Dec. 20, so things could have been much worse.
“We’ll try to teach for the one week, then we’ll have two weeks to get the repairs done,” Wold said. “We’ll have ceilings, walls and flooring to work on. This building is built on a slab, so the plumbing goes through the ceiling.”
Raddatz noted in a Facebook post Dec. 12 the front studio was the only part not damaged.
“There is a lot of damage to the lobby, office and back studio, which is going to take time to redo,” Raddatz wrote.
Wold said help came immediately once word of the damage spread.
“We’ve had people calling, wanting to help,” Wold said. “Three or four people came to help immediately. Shawn Salter is one of the dads, whose daughter teaches here. He helped me for three or four hours just getting the water out. He’s been just a blessing.”
Wold feels confident the studio will be patched together once the Christmas break is done.
“Once they start, it will go pretty fast,” he said. “The recovery part of something like this is amazing. People get together to help. Everyone has been so good.”
Even with that, there is still the accumulative toll of the various hardships from recent years.
“It’s been challenging,” Wold said.