Work Underway to Save St. Charles Levee and Soccer Park

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ST. CHARLES, MO. (KTVI) – Flood prevention crews are trying to hold back the floodwater around Newtown and Highway 370 in St. Charles.

The water is up to the top of an agriculture levee next to the St. Louis Youth Soccer Association (SLYSA) fields.  It comes as a big soccer tournament is scheduled on the field for the weekend.

Like she often does, 8th grader Anna Milburn spent the evening on the soccer field.  But instead of kicking the ball, she was filling sandbags.  “My coach kind of wanted to do it, he just wanted us to get involved in it so we can play in the tournament,” she explains.

The soccer community started volunteering to fill sandbags last week. The levee sandbag wall now spans more than a mile.

St. Charles Fire Chief Rick Daly says it’s essential that wall stays intact: “If the levee fails here, it can potentially compromise areas in both the city and the county, and we don’t want that to happen. At this point in time, we’re not even recommending they have the tournament.”

Anna says she’d be upset if the tournament got cancelled, since her team hasn’t had a chance to win the past two years. These past tournaments were cancelled due to the Good Friday tornado, then a hail storm the following year.

To prevent the flood from plaguing the fields and surrounding area, the National Guard and U.S. Army Corps of Engineers lent their expertise, reinforcing weak spots on the levee.

Whatever happens with the tournament this weekend, SLYSA Director Steve Krause says his players will still be out in full force: “We’ll be here as long as they tell us to fill sandbags.”

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