Leaking roof causes major problems for community center

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INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (March 3, 2015) - Heavy snowfall followed by rain and ice on Tuesday halted gym activities at Hawthorne Community Center. Executive Director Diane Arnold said it's a problem that they've had for awhile, but it took a turn for the worse in the recent days.

“We had basketball practice in here last night and so children were trying to maneuver around buckets and it’s just become a crisis for us," Arnold said.

Buckets and cardboard boxes are lining the gym, barely catching the falling water from the leaky roof.

Kids who use the center on a regular basis, like Gabrielle Zavala, say the wet floors are causing problems for their normal after school activities.

“I’m really not happy about it, because I do like to play in here a lot," Zavala said.

Arnold says the concern is that the problem is going to get worse before it gets better.

"When water gets into the electrical system it can burn out, the flooring, it can get into the floor and you can potentially get mold issues," said Arnold.

There's plans for a brand new Hawthorne Community Center, but those plans will be put on hold until the roof on the old building can be fixed. The center has raised about 80 percent of thee funds needed for the new facility, but the leaking roof is an added and unexpected expense.

“It’s not just a leaking roof. It’s a major issue that potentially could impact our ability to serve the people," said Arnold.

In the meantime, they're still looking for a facility to host more than 100 kids for basketball on Saturdays.

For more on the Hawthorne Community Center and how you can help, click here.

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