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FEMA & SEMA inspect Carl Junction Baseball Fields Damaged in Flood

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Dugouts damaged, fences ripped apart, and fields soaked by the flood.

Bulldogs Youth Athletic Association Board Member Joel Ford says "We're going to have to completely redo the whole grounds, all the grounds. From fields to outfields to the entire ground facility will have to be reworked."

Federal and State emergency management agencies are checking out the ball fields to see if there's enough damage to declare the area a disaster zone.

If so it'll be a big relief to the bulldog youth athletic association and the city of Carl Junction

Carl Junction Emergency Management Director and Police Chief Delmar Haase says "It'll aid all the governmental agencies that have damage because we're estimating probably $150,000 worth of damage in Carl Junction. And our insurance has fairly high deductibles. So that's going to have to come out of the city budget if we have to fix it ourselves."

The team says the most frustrating part about seeing these fields all torn up like this is knowing that it's happened before. They're hoping to work out a plan to possibly move these fields somewhere else.

Ford says there’s "No way to prevent it here. There are some few options that we're trying to always look at to relocate the field somewhere. But that might be a ways down the road."

City Administrator Steve Lawver says the city has tried to relocate the fields before, but fixing them up when it floods is more cost effective.

"It is because if we relocate and do something else, you know, the last bond issue for about $2 million dollars. So this will be considerably cheaper to fix it."

If the county doesn't receive any state or federal funds, the city says it will work to find the money someplace in the budget to do the repair work.

Ford says "In an effort to get them all fixed up by April we have a lot of work to do."

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