Snowcreek Athletic Club to remain closed for weeks during water damage repairs

Snowcreek Athletic Club will be closed at least for the next several weeks, after a massive water main break under the club last week flooded the basement and first floor of the club with more than a million gallons of water.

“At about 2 a.m. Wednesday, the water district saw their pressure going down, but they were not sure why,” said Ralph Lockhart, an owner of the Snowcreek club.

“When our first employee arrived at the club at 5 a.m., the whole first floor was under water between eight to 12 inches and there was about seven feet of water in the basement, pouring into the first floor.”

The damage to the club’s floors, electric exercise equipment and furniture is extensive, Lockhart said, including entire wood floors, such as the gym and yoga room floors, that need to be opened up and/or replaced.

“There was about 250,000 gallons of water an hour flowing through the break for three to four hours,” he said. “That amount of water managed to get into every orifice of the club.”

Carpet were immediately removed and are being dried, and wood floors are being opened up to allow drying and prevent mold, he said.

“It will be a few weeks at minimum before we open again,” he said. “We hope it will be before Christmas, but until we get an estimate from the sub-contractors, we won’t know more. Entire electrical panels were submerged for seven to eight hours and until we get electricity back, we are using a generator we brought up from Southern California to provide power.”

He said the owners of the club will also make some improvements to the club, while doing the repairs over the next several weeks.

All Snowcreek members can work out at the Double Eagle Resort and Spa in June Lake until the repair work is done, he said.

Snowcreek members will be given credit for the days they cannot attend the club.

“We will make it good for our members, and give them credit for the time they missed,” he said.

The cause of the water main break is unclear but may have been due to a small leak that eroded over time, weakening the pipe, he said.