Watch: Welwyn Garden City gym deluged in warehouse vandal floods

PUBLISHED: 17:55 12 November 2018 | UPDATED: 09:37 13 November 2018

Gym-lovers at the Norton Building helped clear up after the flood on Saturday. Picture: Daniel Miller

Gym-lovers at the Norton Building helped clear up after the flood on Saturday. Picture: Daniel Miller

Daniel Miller

A Welwyn Garden City gym-goers are back up and literally running after vandalism in their building caused a massive flood.

In the early morning hours of Saturday, November 10, vandals broke into the Norton Building on Bridge Road East, Welwyn Garden City, and broke the fire sprinkler system.

The water cascaded into both Norton Gym and the warehouse space used by Isabel Hospice’s charity shops.

Police joined shocked volunteers at the scene on Saturday and are currently investigating.

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“It was like a shower in here,” said Norton Gym manager Gordon Towner. With computers damaged, his rough estimate of the damage is in the tens of thousands of pounds.

But today (Monday, November 11) the gym itself is working like normal.

Gordon said now, it’s like nothing happened - and much of it thanks to their customers, who seem to have taken the notion of gym membership to another level.

“The members just helped out,” said Gordon, thanking them all. “They all turned out with their mops and buckets. It gave me a bit of faith in humanity.

“Without the members we’d have been closed for the week.

“But for a lot of people the gym is a massive part of their lives, and it’s more than a gym for them.

“Thank God for the community.”

Video credit: Daniel Miller


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