Flooded Niles business gets help from the community

Published: Mar. 15, 2018 at 6:37 PM EDT
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It’s been three weeks since the historic flooding, but many businesses are still struggling to get back up and running.

Custom Computer Company in Niles set up a Go Fund Me page with a goal of $250,000 to help bring back their computer lab and video game consoles, which they let the community use free of charge.

“It happened in four hours,” said owner Michael Reed. “We had three and a half feet throughout the entire building.”

Custom Computer Company does Information Technology. The money they earn from that allows them to operate the free computer lab for those in the community without computers.

“They don’t have computers. I mean, they can’t afford them,” said Reed. “And we were a walk across the street where they could check their Facebook’s or pay their bills.”

Reed opened the company twelve months ago. Within those twelve months, they’ve remodeled once. And then the flood hit. But he does plan on re-opening the first week of May.

“The community outreach and support has been ridiculous,” he said. “It’s not just what you see on Go Fund Me. It’s people coming in here and getting their hands dirty for ten hours. I think the biggest reason we’ve had so much help is because we helped all year.”

To donate, go to: https://www.gofundme.com/help-rebuildcustom-computer-company