WATCH: Vandals blamed for flooding grounds and historic buildings at Bonanzaville — how you can help
UPDATE: More than $3,000 has been raised in a GoFundMe campaign to help repair damage done to buildings at Bonanzaville. Donors can also make contributions at Bell Bank locations in the F-M area.
WEST FARGO — Volunteers and donors are helping after a n apparent act of vandalism caused more than 200,000 gallons of water to flood the ground and possibly foundations of at least three historic Cass County buildings at Bonanzaville.
The GoFundMe page to help pay for clean-up and repair costs was launched Monday, Jan. 7 and surpassed its goal of $2,500 overnight. Several contractors have also volunteered to help with restoration.
Bonanzaville executive director Brenda Warren said they won't be able to asses the extent of damage until spring, but events coordinator Missy Warren expects the price tag will be high.
"The sheer size of this village is enough for most people to look at it and absorb the fact that we have so much overhead," Warren said. "I don't really think they understand the severity of what they've done."
Police are still investigating the incident. Cass County Deputy Nate Boerboom, who is in charge of the investigation, said their next step is to look at security camera footage from nearby businesses.
Officials are also still working to determine exactly how long the water spigots were left on for. Police currently believe the spigots were left on for three to 12 days.