Competitors aid Sherwood cheer team after gym floods

On Friday morning, Williams received a call for help from gym owner Alisha Dunlap as water began rushing in.

SHERWOOD, Ark. (KTHV) - After days of steady downpours, people across Central Arkansas are dealing with the floodwater left behind. That includes a cheerleading team in Sherwood.

Water from Indianhead Lake poured into Cheer Time Revolution on Friday, ruining the gym's spring floors.

"I joke with my team all the time and say 'Stop swimming in the air. You're not on the Sherwood Sharks,'" coach and office manager Jennifer Williams said. "It appears that the Sherwood Sharks came to us."

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Williams said the gym has not experienced flooding like this since moving into the facility on Warden Road, off U.S. 67/167, three years ago.

"On Thursday when we came in our parking lot was starting to flood, so we canceled practices and tried to get most of the stuff we had up off the floor," Williams said.

On Friday morning, Williams received a call for help from gym owner Alisha Dunlap as water began rushing in.

"It started coming in and getting over everything," Williams said. "As you can see, our floors are damaged."

"It just kept getting worse and worse," Dunlap's daughter Cassadee said. "I was on top of the mats and water was to my feet. It was not only heartbreaking, but it was overwhelming."

With competition season in full force, Cheer City United in Little Rock opened its doors for Cheer Time Revolution, allowing the team to practice. According to Williams, World Class Cheer in Cabot also offered to help out.

"It's good to know that even though we compete against each other in a time of need we can come together and help each other out," Williams said.

Dunlap said she plans to have the floor replaced in time for next Sunday's practice. That work will take place as teams from the gym prepare for competitions the next two weekends.

"You can't kick us down," Williams said. "You may try, but we will always rise above and do what needs to be done."