Boone County Heritage Museum director Toinette Madison said the museum has been given a shot in the arm for a roof repair project, but there is still more work to be done.

Madison explained that an anonymous donor has agreed to match up to $10,000 for the project, so officials now need to buckle down and raise the rest.

Madison said a new roof was installed on the museum several years ago, but one section wasn’t included in the bid. That is the only section of the roof that’s flat.

In that time, water has created serious damage to the ceiling under the roof. It’s only visible from the attic of the museum.

Madison said estimates have been secured of about $20,000 to reroof that section and to repair the structural damage, which will have to be done before a roofing crew can have a stable surface.

Over the weekend, with what little precipitation that fell, the tubs being used to catch water leaking from the roof overflowed and caused even more damage to the ceiling on the top floor.

Since that time, Harness Roofing has performed a temporary repair, so there was no leakage Thursday. But the need to raise the remaining money is important.

Madison established a GoFundMe page — at;rcid — where some $500 had been raised by Thursday afternoon.

In addition, there are some other donations and Madison said she is exploring other possible sources for funding. Still, any amount raised beyond the amount needed for the roofing project will be earmarked for a maintenance fund.

The museum is a charitable, 501(c)(3) organization, Madison said. Call (870) 741-3312 for more information or to find out how you can help.

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