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Dan Gable museum reflects on flooding one year ago

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WATERLOO (KWWL) - On January 7, 2014, the Dan Gable Museum in downtown Waterloo saw extensive flooding due to a pipe bursting.

Thankfully, the building suffered only structural damage; the memorabilia inside the museum remained in tact.

Museum Director Kyle Klingman says he remembers the day vividly. He was the only one in the museum at the time of the flood.

"Sounds like Niagara Falls, a great big waterfall, I see this water blast coming from the wall," Klingman said.

About three-fourths of the building saw flooding. Klingman says only the carpets and baseboards had to be replaced inside the museum, while the wrestling memorabilia was spared.

Klingman says the museum made a significant change after the flooding. A ventilation system was put into place around the pipe that broke last year, hoping to push heat from the furnace to the pipe, preventing another freeze.

Klingman says the museum saw roughly $10,000 to $15,000 in damage. The museum saw an outpouring of support from the wrestling community on both the local and national levels; monetary donations came in as far away as Florida, as people reached out to help.
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