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Flooding Destroys High School’s Athletic Facilities

Andy Berg

A high school in Tennessee saw its football stadium, field house and practice field destroyed in the devastating floods that swept through the western part of the state this past weekend.

"Our football stadium is destroyed," Waverly Central High School coach Randall Bouldin told the Nashville Tennessean. "There is not a fence standing. There are dumpsters sitting on my football field — the big aluminum dumpsters. There is nothing standing."

Bouldin said the stadium will not be able to host games this season, as the stadium’s concrete bleachers were badly damaged.

More than 15 inches of rain fell on Humphreys County on Saturday. The massive flooding that followed killed 15 people, with 40 more still missing 

Flooding at Waverly comes just one week after the high school’s football team was cleared to play following a 10-day COVID-19 quarantine.

Bouldin said at one point the water was chest deep in the stadium and field house.

"I don't think anyone was prepared for this," Bouldin said. "I don't think there was any way you could prepare for this. It happened so fast."

Bouldin said he has called a team meeting for Sunday evening to talk to the team. He said the school's plan is to still play at Columbia Academy on Friday as scheduled.

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