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Albany gym works to recover from flood damage

Gymnasts continue practice at Inbound Gymnastics after last months flooding. (Source:WALB) Gymnasts continue practice at Inbound Gymnastics after last months flooding. (Source:WALB)
The gym has come a long way from the damage it suffered in February. (Source:WALB) The gym has come a long way from the damage it suffered in February. (Source:WALB)
Owners were denied a claim by the city. (Source:WALB) Owners were denied a claim by the city. (Source:WALB)
Jamie Ginter, Owner (Source:WALB) Jamie Ginter, Owner (Source:WALB)
ALBANY, GA (WALB) -

With heavy rain expected in South Georgia this week, folks at an Albany gym are watching the forecast closely. 

Flooding earlier this year destroyed thousands of dollars worth of equipment. 

Owners at Inbound Gymnastics say there's still work to be done and when it rains they take extra precautions to make sure their equipment doesn't get damaged again.

The tumbling continues for gymnasts at Inbound Gymnastics after a short hiatus.

"We're getting it back together,” said Jamie Ginter, Owner. “We've still got a lot of things that aren't the same."

The gym looks drastically different after nearly six inches of water flooded it in February. Owners say they still haven't replaced all the damaged equipment.

"Like our spring floor,” said Ginter. “It costs $10,000 for a brand new spring floor."

Ginter says when it rains, they take immediate action to stack up their equipment.

"It's pretty sad that we have to take everything that we can and put it up high,” said Ginter. “We've done it the last two weekends in a row when it's going to rain."

They even filed a claim blaming the street flooding on the city. The city denied the claim and won't pay for damages.

"Which roughly totaled close to $40,000 of damaged equipment and they told us that our claim was denied and that basically it was an act of God they couldn't be held responsible for that,” said Ginter.

Ginter says she called the city requesting that this drainage ditch be cleaned this month.  After that work, she says she's seen some improvement.

"Last week when we had the heavy rain we didn't have any issue at all even out here on the road with any standing water whatsoever,” said Ginter.

Ginter is hoping city crews will continue to keep the drainage area clear.

"If the drain is kept clean then there isn't an issue with water backing up in the road and then backing up into the building,” said Ginter.

Ginter says even after being in their facility for nearly 10 years, they're also considering moving to another space where it doesn't flood. 

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