Downtown flooding hits Interplayers Theatre

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by MIKE GONZALEZ & KREM.com

KREM.com

Posted on June 27, 2014 at 7:26 AM

Updated Friday, Jun 27 at 11:44 AM

SPOKANE, Wash. -- The heavy rain in Downtown Spokane Thursday caused flooding to the corner of 2nd and Howard, leading to some damage at local businesses in the process.

At Interplayers Theatre, they like to say 'all the world is a stage.' But this is one performance they didn't have a chance to rehearse for. The storm drains just couldn’t handle the hard and fast rain.
   
“We were shocked,” said Interplayers Executive Director Pamela Brown.

It was much of the same at Howard Street Boxing on the east side of the block, where head coach Ray Kerwick was mopping the floor instead training his fighters.

“I guess there's still a little water on the floor and in the office there. For the most part, it doesn't look like it damaged us very much,” said Kerwick.

Just after 1 p.m., a pounding rain roared right over Downtown Spokane for as many as 30 minutes. The entire block at 2nd and Howard seemed to fill with water. Storm drains along the stretch couldn't handle it, shooting water back through toilets and drain pipes.

When staff at Interplayers realized the rehearsal area was flooding, about a dozen people sprung into action.

Brown said she isn't sure if her insurance will cover the damage to her props. She said the fabrics, rugs and upholstery pieces are things she probably can't replace.
   
The performance of the play “The Foreigner" was not canceled due to the flooding, however.

Anyone who would like to help with replenishing the props that were lost was asked to contact the Interplayers Theatre at 509-455-7529.

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