Preparing to save lives

Pool staff teach swim lessons in 2015 at the Hermiston Family Aquatic Center.

The Hermiston Family Aquatic Center is expected to reopen to the public on Aug. 31 after flooding put it out of commission.

On the morning of Aug. 20 city staff discovered that the pool’s mechanical room had flooded, submerging five pumps that were not designed to get wet. A local repair shop is working to take the pumps apart, dry them out and replace damaged parts.

Parks and recreation director Larry Fetter had originally stated the “optimistic” timeline would be reopening the aquatic center on Saturday, but on Thursday said the repairs will take longer than that.

The pool will be available for Hermiston High School’s swim team practices starting Tuesday, but due to most of the pool’s lifeguards going back to school next week, it will only be open for public swim Aug. 31-Sept. 2. Lap swimming will be available from 6-7 p.m. Monday through Friday starting Sept. 3.

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