Leaky Tornado Damaged Roof Forces Century Healthy Start Move

March 29, 2016

A leaky roof has forced Century Healthy Start to pack up and move next door.

The roof of the Healthy Start building  at 511 Church Street was damaged during the EF-3 tornado that tore through Century on February 15. The county-owned building was cleaned, dried out and temporary tarps were put in place. The tarps were no match for Easter weekend winds and rain, with water once again pouring into the building.

Effective today, Healthy Start will operate from the county-owned building next door at 501 Church Street, a building that Healthy Start had already leased but had not yet been renovated. The building is former location of the Health and Hope Clinic.

Century site manager Laura Nelson said all Healthy Start services, including WIC and patient visits by Jay pediatrician Marian Stewart, will continue at the new location.

Tornado Victim Supplies

Tornado victims can still receive free in-kind goods donated by the community from the United Way in Century.

Items available include baby food, diapers, baby formula, $25 restaurant gift cards, shampoo, lotion, deodorant, toothpaste, drinking water and more from Healthy Start in Century. Their office at 511 Church Street is open Monday-Thursday from 9 a.m. until 2 p.m. or while supplies last.

The items are available for free with those with verified damage from the February 15 Century tornado, or the  February 23  Pensacola tornado.

Pictured top: Century Healthy Start Manager Laura Nelson discusses Century tornado damage with Gov. Rick Scott. Pictured below: County crews were hard at work less than 48 hours after the February 15 tornado, installing temporary traps and working to dry the interior of the building. NorthEscambia.com photos, click to enlarge.


One Response to “Leaky Tornado Damaged Roof Forces Century Healthy Start Move”

  1. Jeannie Connolly on March 30th, 2016 9:30 am

    As a Board member of Healthy Start Coalition and FIMR I am thrilled at the hard work and motivation of the team in Century and what they have accomplished. We all support the children and families in our community and encourage the growth of services in the Century area.

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