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Forest City football field bubbles up during Sunday storm; sets wrinkles in turf

"We'll see how they fix it, the timeline for that, and how it all rolls out from that."

Posted: Jun. 25, 2018 7:55 PM
Updated: Jun. 26, 2018 7:43 AM

FOREST CITY, Iowa - Flood damage done to a football field in Forest City is going viral.

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A video posted of Forest City's football coach walking on soaked turf already has more than 100,000 views on Facebook since it was posted Sunday night.

When walking on the turf, Chad Moore felt like it was like walking on a waterbed, squishing the surface with each step.

"Probably the length of the field between the hash marks, [especially back here,] it was probably raised a solid 3 1/2-4 feet in the air, mainly air underneath that. There was probably 6-8 inches of water on both sides and then got deeper as it went towards the tracks."

While the water has drained away, there are still wrinkles in the playing surface, causing some safety concerns. The company who installed the turf at Bolstorff and at the high school has been notified and will be coming to Forest City on Tuesday to assess what can be done. Moore is hopeful that it can be repaired in time for football camp, which starts July 30th.

"It's not playable obviously right now, it would not be a safe surface. We'll see how they fix it, the timeline for that, and how it all rolls out from that. It'll be interesting to see what they have to say."

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