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June 20, 2013

Flood damage now fixed, Bayh Center ready for dedication

By Baylee Pulliam The Herald Bulletin

ELWOOD — Elwood will take a second whack today at rededicating its Birch Bayh Community Center.

After $50,000 and months of work to fix its collapsing floor and add drainage to prevent mold and mildew, the center, 715 North 19th St., was originally slated to be rededicated in April. But just a week before, the building suffered sub-floor damage after a storm dumped 6 inches of rain on Elwood in less than 36 hours.

Looking at the main hall’s new furniture and polished red-and-white tile floors now, you’d never know.

“We got kind of lucky,” said city spokesman Jeff Howe, adding that the flood hadn’t damaged the center above floor level, and workers were able to clear the water and repair the damage mostly on insurance money.

Wednesday, Elwood building and planning director Tom Doan led a team of neon-shirt clad volunteers to give the place a final spit-shine ahead of today’s grand opening. The celebration is slated for 5:30 to 9 p.m., to coincide with the Mayor’s Night at the Mary Beth Dunnichay Aquatic Center, which opened this month.

“We are very excited for the citizens of Elwood to see this marvelous remodeled facility,” Mayor Ron Arnold said. “I hope the public will come by and see the improvements we have made.”

Arnold also invited people to drop by to see the remodeled Birch Bayh center, and grab some free drinks and snacks, which will be served on the Red Gold Patio until 7 p.m.

Reporter Nancy Elliott contributed to this report.

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If you go What: Re-opening open house Where: Birch Bayh Community Center, 715 North 19th Street, Elwood When: 5:30 to 9 p.m. today, free food until 7 p.m.

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