Water Line Break Floods Rec Center Courts | Athletic Business

Water Line Break Floods Rec Center Courts

A water line break caused flooding at the Lucas County (Ohio) Recreation Center, leaving the volleyball courts inundated with water at a facility that’s already dealing with serious maintenance issues.

ABC affiliate WTVG reports that the facility, located in Maumee, Ohio, was flooded as the Toledo Volleyball Club was set to host about 160 kids for tryouts. Officials told WTVG that a water line beneath one of the courts had broken, and that flooding was caused by water coming up through the concrete. 

“We’ve had breaks before, this is an old building, but nothing like this,” Michelle Hills, the director of the Toledo Volleyball Club told WTVG. 

While the surface is dry, flooring crews will be brought in to mitigate damage beneath the facility’s terra flex court — which will reportedly be rolled up, sanitized and replaced. In addition, the broken water line will be fixed, while the water main will be moved above ground.

The water line break is the second major concern at the county owned facility, which in addition to hosting recreation halls also hosts athletic fields and Ned Skeldon Stadium. According to WTVG, the grandstand seating at the stadium has been condemned by the city of Maumee due to safety concerns. The county can either demolish or repair the seating, but hasn’t yet decided on what to do and has no timetable for making a decision. 

Meanwhile, both the county and the volleyball club, which calls the flooded facility home, have reportedly been in contact with their respective insurance companies to see whether they’ll be able to offer any assistance.

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