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Isle of Man floods: National Sports Centre 'still drying out'

Isle of Man flooding Image copyright IoM National Sports Centre
Image caption The National Sports Centre's main sports halls were completely submerged.

Work to repair a sports centre left devastated by "unprecedented flooding" is being held up as it is yet to fully dry out, a minister has said.

Parts of the National Sports Centre in Douglas were submerged under two feet of water on 3 December after a river burst its banks during torrential rain.

Facilities including sports halls, an athletics track and astro-pitch have been closed ever since.

Minister Tim Crookall said some indoor facilities are "still drying out".

At the time of the flooding the sport centre's manager Carl Glover said the flooding was "unprecedented", adding the "devastation was unbelievable".

Image caption The astro-pitch was written off following the flooding in December

Only the swimming pools, spa suite and fitness zone have since reopened.

The education department is working with insurers and in some cases "facilities will be improved rather than simply replaced".

Mr Crookall, Member of the Legislative Council, said work on indoor facilities can not begin until a specialist company has certified to insurers that the facilities are dry.

The main sports halls, which are used by hundreds of people and teams each week, were completely submerged as were the squash courts and bowling green.

Image caption Manager Carl Glover said the devastation caused was "unbelievable."

It is hoped the main sports halls could reopen by May.

The athletics track could open this month after it has been cleaned and sanitised.

Specialists have taken samples of the Bowl pitch and a report is due shortly.

Work to replace the astro-pitch cannot begin until spring.

Many activities have been taking place at facilities at nearby schools.

Image caption The Isle of Man suffered widespread flooding on 3 December 2015

National Sports Centre - estimated opening

  • Main sports halls - May
  • Squash courts - Unknown
  • Bowls - Unknown
  • Athletics track - February
  • The Bowl - Unknown
  • The Sports Institute - Unknown
  • Astro-pitch - Summer 2016

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