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Park, pool take brunt of storm

Lake Front Park was less park and more lake. photo by Skip Fincham.

August 14, 2014
GROSSE POINTE WOODS — Last week's heavy rains left Woods residents high and dry pool-wise, as the torrential rains that fell late in the afternoon Monday, Aug. 4, wreaked havoc with the pool filtration system at Lake Front Park.

The city was forced to close the pools at the park when rain water flooded the filter room that controls the heaters and filtration system for the pools. Nearly two feet of water damaged the electrical system that controlled the pumps, as well as putting the actual pumps under water. The system was shut down while workers dismantled, removed and replaced control panels, boilers and pool heaters.

Before any work could begin, workers in hazmat suits had to go in to check the air quality and check for any chemical spills.

"Once the area was secured, we could send in workers to begin the clean up," said city administrator Skip Fincham. "Unfortunately, they found the transformers were fried and the pumps destroyed."

While the Woods was forced to shut down the pool for several days to make repairs, the other Grosse Pointes offered the use of their parks to Woods residents. Residents were notified of the invitations to other parks via the city's website.

"We are cautiously optimistic that the pool will be open Wednesday, Aug. 14," Fincham said. "New pumps had to be brought in from Indiana. We had to replace two pumps, two boilers and the transformer."

The cost of the repairs is expected to be about $10,000, which will have to come from the city's general fund, as the city carries a $10,000 deductible on its insurance policy.

Fincham kept an eye to the sky this past Monday, as once again, heavy rains drenched the area, but the pool area and filtration room avoided any additional damage.

But the city had to close the park early, at 9 p.m., as the heavy rains caused flooding on Jefferson.

Residents should check the city's website, gpwmi.us, for updates.

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