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Water leak leads to temporary closure of Worthington Area YMCA on Monday

As of Tuesday, the YMCA returned to normal operating hours, with the exception of the indoor swimming pool.

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Worthington Area YMCA.
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WORTHINGTON — The Worthington Area YMCA was closed on Monday due to a complication with the new outdoor Aquatic Center.

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According to a notice from YMCA staff, an issue occurred on Friday, Sept. 30, when one of the outdoor pools was plastered and filled with water to cure.

“We're not sure if we got a leak somewhere or what's going on, but we got water in the basement so we had to shut it down,” said Todd Wietzema, public works director for the city of Worthington. For safety reasons, the YMCA disconnected all power and water to the building until the water could be pumped out.

As of Monday afternoon, Wietzema said the source of the leak and any resulting damage were still under assessment, but that electrical and water had been turned back on.

The YMCA returned to normal operating hours on Tuesday, with the exception of the indoor pool, which will be remain closed through the end of the week.

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Emma McNamee joined The Globe team in October 2021 as a reporter covering Crime & Courts, Politics, and the City beats. Born and raised in Duluth, Minn., McNamee left her hometown to attend school in Chicago at Columbia College. She graduated in 2021 with a degree in Multimedia Journalism, with a concentration in News & Feature Writing and a minor in Creative Writing.
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