Plumbers save chili fundraiser after septic issue
HELENA, Mont. (AP) -- A weekend fundraiser for the hospital in Townsend raised
$40,000 even though the toilets at the Broadwater County Fairgrounds stopped
working after 160 people had eaten a chili dinner.
The Independent Record reports the bathrooms stopped working after the
dinner, but before a live auction was scheduled to start at 7 p.m. Saturday.
Broadwater Health Center CEO Kyle Hopstad called it "a perfect storm."
Volunteers couldn't fix the problem with a plunger and a sewer snake and called
a plumber. John McCarthy determined the septic tank was full because the drain
field was frozen.
So organizers called Lynn Saltzman of Saltzman Septic. He had been driving to
Helena, but returned to Townsend, pumped the septic tank and blew out the frozen lines.
The plumbers didn't charge for their work.