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An update -indoor pool experienced damages due to flood at the Theodore Young Community Center
Similar to the gymnasium floor, DCR/TDYCC also took heavy damage to our Pool Area. In this message, I will refer to three specific and connected parts to the overall pool operations: Sorry for the inconveniences swimmers are experiencing. Will continue to keep you updated.
1.The Physical Pool:
After the storm on Wednesday, September 1st, we arrived at the TDYCC pool to find the entire building, pool deck and the pool itself to be caked with about two inches of thick brown mud. The actual pool overflowed and you could not see down into the water at all. The pool pumps were still active at that time but it was decided to turn everything off to prevent further damage.
DPW and TDYCC maintenance immediately went to work to clean things up. The pool was emptied and power washed. We received expert advice from Commercial Clearwater Pool contractor and specific methods were used to further cleanout all in-pool drains to ensure there was no additional blockage of mud or debris and to alleviate the pressure build up from under the pool which could cause future damage as the pool stays empty.
We are making the best use of this time to fix some in-pool needed repairs which will extend the longevity of our pool and decking area. Once completed, we plan to immediately refill the pool even if the filtration system or heating systems are not back on line yet. Filling the pool will ensure that the pressure build up never becomes a problem.
2.The Pool Mechanics and Electrical pit:
The 10 foot deep “Pit” which holds the major mechanics and electrical equipment for the pool was also totally submerged for some time. We currently have the town’s main contractors working on both of these issues. Different units of the system will need to be checked, repaired and rechecked, in order to move forward to the next unit. Once each unit has been certified as operational, the system and the piping will be further inspected for a full certification of normal flow and filtration operations. The one thing missing from this certification is the potential to achieve proper water temperature due to damage to the boiler system, which also occurred during the storm.
The current 30-year-old boiler took damage to some of the lower components due to flooding. It appears at this time that three (3) smaller parts need to be replaced as soon as possible to get the boiler back online. This boiler is responsible for heating the pool and domestic hot water to the building. We are currently getting some hot water to necessary places from our other almost 30-year-old boiler which mainly handles the building heat. Only after installing these pieces and starting up the repaired boiler will we know of any further possible damage.
You may also be aware of the DCR/TDYCC new boiler project, which is currently in the final stages of contract completion. I have been informed that until both parties have signed the contract, the contractor would not have started purchasing any equipment or materials for the job. With the slow process of materials being shipped to their final destination and the backup of shipping due to hurricane Ida, the earliest estimated timeframe I have heard regarding a new start date thus far is four months away.
I bring this up so that everyone is aware of the necessity for the current boiler to be fixed as soon as possible, and so that we are aware of the further impending pool closure, once this project gets underway.
DPW and TDYCC have been working extremely well together and I am confident that we will find the best timeframes to start this work with the least amount of impact to our community.
As of this moment, we are unable to give a timeframe for restoring full operation to pool activities. Further inspection and work in all of these areas must be completed to get to that answer. We will continue to keep you all updated on our progress.
Terrance V. Jackson
Town of Greenburgh