SAN MARCOS, TX (KXAN) — A large pipe burst causing major flooding last Friday forces the San Marcos Activity Center to close until the New Year.
According to the City of San Marcos, the 26-year-old facility that was partially renovated in 2017 had a “poly pipe that disconnected from its coupler, causing several inches of water to cover the entire facility. “.
It is a space that has helped create lasting memories.
“The hub of activity has always been my location,” Barbara Escobar said. “I got married there. I had my other daughter’s quince there.
In just a few weeks, Escobar’s other daughter’s Quinceañera, or 15th birthday celebration, was scheduled at the San Marcos Activity Center.
“It’s like a wedding, so it was very devastating,” Escobar said. “The hardest thing is that things book up, you know, years in advance.”
Escobar said staff called her early Friday, giving her as much notice as possible.
Christie Murillo, administrative coordinator for San Marcos Parks and Recreation, said staff arrived on site shortly after the flooding was detected.
“Obviously everything was very saturated,” Murillo said.
A National Disaster Team is cleaning up after water destroyed parts of the San Marcos Activity Center.
“Today we were there, and everything is really dry. They’re removing the carpet, almost done with that, they’ve already removed the hardwood floors for the most part,” Murillo said.
According to the city, staff had to make dozens of phone calls to let people know their events will have to be moved elsewhere. But he said staff did so immediately, once they realized the extent of the damage.
According to Murillo, they tried to help people find new places when possible.
“In addition, you know, youth programs and senior programs, there are one or more meetings every day,” Murillo said.
San Marcos staff also temporarily ended memberships and suspended automatic payments for members who used the facilities.
“We certainly expect there to be a pretty big impact, yes, with the revenue that comes with it,” Murillo said.
Faced with a shutdown at the start of the pandemic, Murillo said they were working on it as best they could, with more experience now. She also recorded updates for community members, posting them to the the city’s Facebook page.
Escobar was able to find a new place, understanding that some things are just beyond your control.
“It is what it is,” Escobar said. “God has come, and we are planning now, and I am ready. Let’s do it!”
Staff are working to find other recreation options and meeting space for the community, the city says. It will also offer total wellness classes virtually. In the meantime, residents are encouraged to get out and use the city’s sidewalks, pathways and parks.
If you still have personal effects on site in lockers, the city asks that you contact the center directly for assistance in retrieving these items.
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