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A Flood of Troubles

Yesterday, Jennipher Shaver and I called a bunch of fitness facilities in Iowa in an attempt to find out how the recent flooding in that state has affected their businesses. In just a small sample of calls, we found out that a lot of places, from for-profit facilities to YMCAs to university rec centers, were affected in some way.

The most startling response came from the River Plaza Athletic Club in Waterloo, IA. The club, a former YMCA, is aptly named--it‘s right near the Cedar River. When I first called there Wednesday afternoon, the lady who responded said she was “ankle-deep” in water. Then I later talked to the sleep-deprived owner for a good 15 minutes to get some more details. Considering the circumstances, I was surprised to find how willing he was to share some information. He even asked me for our Web site, eager to read the story. (I bet he read our story at home, not at the club.)

We couldn‘t get to everybody, obviously. If you are a club in Iowa or anywhere else in the Midwest dealing with flood issues, we want to hear from you. Click on the comment button to share your experiences with us.

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