Crystal City flooding

Floodwater has put the Crystal City High School artificial turf football field underwater again, for perhaps the eighth time since the turf was installed in 2008.

However, dealing with the aftermath of current flooding should not be as difficult as the last time the field went under, during the historic flood of late December 2015, Crystal City High athletic director Ken Jones said.

It cost about $600,000 for that cleanup (with the school district paying only a $1,000 deductible), officials said. But the field at J.J. Commerford Stadium had to be entirely replaced.

“This time, it’s just going to be a cleanup,” Jones said today (May 4). “The reason it was so much last time was the turf was 10 years old and needed to be replaced. This time it will only need a cleanup. We won’t know until we can get down there and see it. We may even be able to do it in-house.”

After the 2015 flood, district officials estimated the artificial turf field, which cost $460,000 to install, had flooded six or seven times since its installation.

Jones said the latest flood came up over the field sometime Tuesday (May 2).

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