SAN MARCOS, Texas (KXAN) – A major pipe rupture causing extensive flooding last Friday is forcing the San Marcos business 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 activities has always been my location,” said Barbara Escobar. “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 anniversary celebration, was scheduled at the San Marcos Activity Center.
“It’s like a wedding, so it was very devastating,” Escobar said. “The hard part is, things are booked, you know, years in advance.”
Escobar said staff called her early on Friday, giving her as much notice as possible.
Christie Murillo, administrative coordinator of San Marcos Parks and Recreation, said staff arrived on site shortly after flooding was detected.
“Obviously everything was very saturated,” Murillo said.
A national disaster team is now cleaning up after water destroys 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 need to be moved elsewhere. But he said staff did it right away, once he realized the extent of the damage.
According to Murillo, they tried to help people find new locations when possible.
“Besides, you know, from the youth programming and the seniors programming, there’s one or more meetings every day,” Murillo said.
San Marcos staff also temporarily terminated memberships and suspended automatic payments for members using 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 early in the pandemic, Murillo said they were working on it the best they could, with more experience now. She also recorded updates for community members, posting them on the town’s Facebook page.
Escobar was able to find a new location, realizing that some things are beyond your control.
“It is what it is,” Escobar said. “God has passed, and we’re planning now, and I’m ready. Let’s do it! “
Staff are working to find other recreation options and a meeting space for the community, the city said. It will also offer virtual wellness courses. In the meantime, residents are encouraged to get out and use city sidewalks, pathways and parks.
If you still have personal effects on site in lockers, the city asks you to contact the center directly for assistance in retrieving these items.
You can get more information by emailing [email protected] or calling (512) 393-8280.