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Flooding threatens St. Louis Youth Soccer Association complex in St. Charles

9:45 PM, Apr 19, 2013   |    comments
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By Tracy Clemons

ST. CHARLES, Mo. (KSDK) - Sandbag after sandbag, volunteers are doing all they can to keep floodwaters off the fields at the St. Louis Youth Soccer Association complex in St. Charles one dig at a time.

Everybody has a different reason for being here.

"Because my dad made me," said soccer player Nic Green. "After school he said, 'Do you want to come?' I said, 'Yeah.'"

"The need to pitch in and help the community and to teach my kids good volunteer and community service," soccer parent and volunteer Janet Sanders said.

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Charlie Ernst coaches a team and his daughter plays. If the fields flood, he says the season for the 7,000 kids who play here could be in serious jeopardy.

"It'll really affect soccer in St Louis, and I don't know if we'll be able to get our spring soccer season in if these get flooded. They'll probably just get cancelled," Ernst said.

Crews moved soccer goals, picnic tables, and even the trailer that houses the concession stand to higher ground. SLYSA Executive Director John Garvilla says they're trying to avoid a repeat of the flood that wiped the complex out in 2008.

"It was a shame. It caused a lot of damage and disruption with the organization. This organization had to take out some debt to get the fields back into shape, and the complex. So we're hoping that doesn't happen this time," he said.

Volunteers and SLYSA staff will work through the weekend to fill 8,000 sandbags to place at the low points of the levee. We asked Garvilla how effective he thinks that'll be.

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"I don't know. Only god knows," he said.

Volunteers will resume filling and placing sandbags at 6 a.m. Saturday.

Once the sandbags are done and placed, John Garvilla says they're going to lock the gate and just pray the water doesn't come over the levee.

 

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