YMCA open after flooding incident

Carla Allen
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Facility to reopen at noon

For some, it is a trial by fire; for James Surette it was a trial by water on his first day as building superintendent for the Yarmouth YMCA.

The facility was closed Thursday morning to allow clean up from a major flood in the games room late Wednesday night.

Initial clean up had been accomplished by early Thursday morning but the total damage had not been determined.

The facility is expected to reopen possibly later today.

At the peak of the incident several inches of water covered the games room floor and was leaking into the aerobic room below, as well as the adult male and female changing rooms.

Possible damage to the floors, both hardwood and linoleum, is being assessed.

A bad solder on the radiator valve is being blamed for the flood.

“It was a ticking time bomb waiting to happen,” said Surette, who was contacted at 9:20 last night.

Some staff stayed until around 12:30 a.m. mopping up the water.

The alarm system was triggered and the Yarmouth Fire Department responded.

“It was a good break-in period,” said Surette.

A retirement party for Frank Amon, YMCA building superintendent for 17 years, is planned for today.


Organizations: Yarmouth Fire Department, YMCA

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