By KATHRYNE RUBRIGHT
The Marathon Center for the Performing Arts had several inches of water downstairs Friday, but by Saturday was in good shape to host a wedding, Executive Director Heather Clow said.
When she got to work around 7 a.m. Friday, there was “basically sewer water” coming up through the basement drains, Clow said. By Friday night, river water was coming in through the walls.
“We used up every towel in the place,” Clow said.
The MCPA staff was assisted by Cousino Restoration and maintenance staff from the University of Findlay, and Jack’s Heating, Air Conditioning & Plumbing pumped out an overflow tank.
“I was amazed at how many people just stopped by to help,” Clow said.
The basement includes dressing rooms, a laundry area, multipurpose rooms and restrooms.
Some carpet got wet, but probably won’t need to be replaced, she said. A piano was saved by moving it upstairs.
Once everything dries out, the center will need to have inspections done on the electrical systems for the elevators and the orchestra pit hydraulics.
“This is the first time our systems have been tested. We learned a lot,” Clow said.
In the August 2007 flood, MCPA’s basement was the basement of Central Middle School, and the home of the district’s computer servers and administrative offices. The basement flooded.
After the flood, students went to classes in space provided by Owens Community College and the Findlay Evangelical Free Church until their school reopened in September. The administration offices were moved to rented space on West Main Cross Street.