UPDATED – A visit to the World Wide Technology Soccer Park shortly before noon today offered a look at the impact the flooding is having on this historic facility. A two minute video can be seen below.
— NWS St. Louis (@NWSStLouis) December 31, 2015
A conversation with Steve Pecher, who was on hand keeping an eye on the facility, indicated that the staff had moved everything that was portable up to the areas along the main entrance and in the field across from there. The new turf on Field 2 was pulled up while the turf on Field 1 was staked down (a different design than the other fields). There are already plans in place for a new surface on Field 1 prior to the start of the USL season with that turf destined for Field 3.
There was even work inside the buildings as the flood predictions moved past the previous record marks of 38 feet. So electronics and furniture on protected but the odds are very good that the carpet and other flooring will require replacement as the water appears certain to crest above the height of the main entrances, front and back. Those forecasts can be seen in the gallery at the bottom.
It’s going to take some work to recover from this set back.
My video shot at noon, flood stage 42+ feet (crest 44+ ft Thursday)
Photos & video by the Post-Dispatch a few hours later
— David Carson (@PDPJ) December 31, 2015
Post-Dispatch helicopter fly-over
Soccer complex under water – video pic.twitter.com/CLLg3umkNd
— Doug Moore (@dougwmoore) December 30, 2015
The water is over the field at WWT Soccer Park. No one sits in the Louligan section- even the water is standing. pic.twitter.com/pq5fizHioW
— St.Louligans ☠️ (@StLouligans) December 29, 2015
Additional Pics including Flood Forecasts
Friday as the water retreats
— David Carson (@PDPJ) January 1, 2016
UPDATE on the recovery effort