GCNP — An improperly covered roof and a violent storm sweeping through Grand Canyon National Park in the early-morning hours Wednesday resulted in significant damage at Maswik Lodge.
Bill Johnston, general manager of Grand Canyon National Parks Lodges, said the lodge was undergoing repairs on the roof.
“They had taken off the old roof and did not properly cover the repair work,” Johnston said Wednesday. “We have extensive damage in the lobby and gift shop areas. They are currently closed.”
A Prescott contracting company was doing the work.
Loven Contracting of Flagstaff came to the rescue Wednesday morning. The company had employees working on the Grand Canyon Association building in the park.
"Right after the water damage, they were contacted and they responded immediately with materials and staff and worked extensively and quickly," Johnston said. "We were very grateful to them to respond the way they did."
Loven, working under a tremendous deadline to get the GCA bookstore building done by Canyon View Information Plaza's Oct. 26 opening, worked so fast that Maswik reopened the lobby and gift shop just two days after the mishap.
"That's thanks to them and a lot of our own people as well," Johnston said.
Food and Beverage was unaffected, although there was some damage to the area.
“We’ve got to try to get through this with the contractor,” Johnston said. “We’re taking it one step at a time.”