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Water damages ‘Y’ courts [UPDATED]

Published 7:46am Thursday, October 14, 2010 Updated 7:47am Thursday, October 14, 2010

Water damage, commonplace this year in Otter Tail County, has struck the Fergus Falls YMCA especially hard.

Destroyed due to underground water table changes were three racquetball courts. The cost to replace the courts will be more than $41,000.

“Added to the problem is that one of the courts has asbestos that needs to be removed,” said Fergus Falls YMCA Executive Director Ron Raasch. “Floors at the courts have been removed and we’re working with local contractors to seek solutions. Before reconstruction, we want to know what is needed in order for this to be prevented in future years.”

Insurance, unfortunately, does not cover replacement costs, due to the circumstances related to the underground water table. YMCA volunteers already are soliciting financial donations from individuals, clubs and organizations to help pay for the new courts.

Since 1972, when the Fergus Falls YMCA opened its doors along North Friberg Avenue, racquetball has been a popular activity for members.

The YMCA has hosted a competitive racquetball league over the years, with full use of the three regulation racquetball courts.

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