Crews Hope Sandbags Protect Soccer Fields

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ST. CHARLES, MO (KPLR) – Flood waters are causing all kinds of problems in St. Charles County. Among them is the threat of flooding at a popular soccer park off Highway 370 and New Town Boulevard called the St. Louis Youth Soccer Association.

There are 17 soccer fields there on the other side of a levee holding back rising flood waters from the Mississippi River and back up from Dardenne Creek.

Crews worked all weekend long to build up sandbags on top of the levee to give the soccer fields some additional protection.

The sandbags run nearly a mile around the levee.

As of Monday morning, the numbers looked promising for saving the fields.

The executive director of the association tells us the levee and the extra protection is good to 37 feet. The crest is projected to be 34.9 feet Tuesday.

There is some water on the soccer fields’ side of the levee. But those at the association say that is basically rainwater in a retention area that they’re not really worried about.

The fields there flooded back in 2008.

Crews have thousands of additional sandbags ready to go in case they’re needed. But they’re hoping they have done enough already to hold back the river this time.

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