Storm leaves damage to city gym

PLATTSBURGH - The City of Plattsburgh Recreation Center sustained extensive water damage during the July 21 rainstorm. Four inches of water collected in the nautilus room, weight room, hallway and portions of the cardio room in the aftermath of the downpour. Most of the flooring in those areas was irreparably damaged.

At its peak, water collected in the front of the building to a depth of about 2 1/2 feet, extending across the grass, sidewalk and roadway. Water poured into the building through the windows and through the emergency exit. It also came in through the main entrance doors and pooled in the lower levels of the building.

Recreation department work crews immediately went to work after the storm to limit the damage is often caused by standing water. By Thursday afternoon, most of the water had been removed as well as most of the damaged carpets.

"The rooms are in pretty rough shape right now, but luckily none of our equipment was damaged," said Steve Peters, superintendent of recreation. "Our guys are working hard to repair the rooms and also complete a number of renovation projects during this process. Those areas will be closed for a while, but hopefully our members and residents will be very happy with the results."

The rautilus room, weight room and cardio room will be closed initially for seven to 10 days while work crews complete clean-up and renovation projects. All current full-gym members will receive extensions on their memberships for the number of days the rooms are closed. The golf driving range, track, gym, community room, and locker rooms will all remain open and available.

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