DES MOINES, Iowa – The Sands Volleyball Club in Des Moines is officially washed out.
The sand volleyball facility announced it would be closed until Monday, July 6 due to severe flooding of Walnut Creek. Staff say the creek reached a record flooding from this week’s severe weather, causing the entire complex to be engulfed. A nearby soccer field is also under water. Mike Sprecher, owner of Sands, says this isn’t the first time the sand volleyball courts have been flooded by the creek, but this is certainly the worst it’s ever been.
“We’ve been flooded before, so we know what to do, but it was kind of a shock, and kind of depressing for everyone coming down and wanting to play,” he said.
Plans to enter the main building and begin power washing, bleaching and cleaning up interior flood damage begin Saturday. Once the water has receded, the business will clean up the sand and use tools to “re-fluff” it so it’s playable. Sprecher says this doesn’t severely impact business too much – all volleyball games will be extended another week to make up for lost time this week. However, he says it does impact drink and food sales.