Swampy football field could be fixed at Cherokee High School

Cherokee High School's football field is soaked after recent rains.

Posted: Apr 24, 2018 5:11 PM
Updated: Apr 24, 2018 5:56 PM

Underground springs and heavy rain at Cherokee High School have caused a safety concern at the schools football field. School officials hope something can be done to fix their flooding woes.

"This is just coming to the field and it won't get out of here," said Richard Rushing, Cherokee High School's Athletic Director. "It's been really bad this year because we have rain every three or four days.

Right now no one can play on the field because of the water that's still standing and water is running over the asphalt track making it slippery. Rushing tells us natural underground springs and the drainage system at the football field leads to the flooding. He said it's been a problem for years.

Cherokee football player, Dawson Dean, told WAAY 31 he's played on this swampy field before, and it gets tiresome.

"It floods a lot. It makes it harder to play when you slip a lot," said Dean. "It brings your team down a little bit, because you have to get passed the wetness, slipping, falling, and injuries."

The field has a drainage system but school officials think upgrades to the drains could fix the problem. Rushing's hope is to have a dry field by football season.

On Friday Shoals lawmakers and engineers plan to be at the school to see what it will take to fix the football field.

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