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La Crosse youth soccer complex still underwater following storms

Fields for Kids 90% covered over weekend

La Crosse youth soccer complex still...

LA CROSSE, Wis. (WKBT) - Like many of locations across Western Wisconsin after last week's storms, a popular soccer field complex in the area is also dealing with the effects of flooding.

The Fields for Kids facility on the north side of La Crosse still has standing water on its fields after the La Crosse River overflowed its banks.

Video posted to Facebook by the RUSH Wisconsin West Soccer Club shows water rushing on to the fields over the weekend.

"Our soccer fields were a lake," said fundraising director Brent Wilkerson. "Our 54-acre complex was 90 percent underwater."

The city owns the property, but the non-profit soccer club is responsible for all of the costs for maintaining the field.

They say this is the worst the flooding has ever been since the fields were built.

"We are located in a flood zone, so we have seen some flooding over the years, but nothing quite as dramatic as we saw this past weekend," said Wilkerson.

The Fields for Kids complex hosts hundreds of youth and high school soccer players every year, and tournaments held at the complex bring in $700,000 to the city's economy.

As a non-profit, the RUSH Wisconsin West soccer club is asking for help from volunteers once the flood waters recede.

They hope to have the fields playable in time for their first tournament of the fall season, which is scheduled for less than a month from now.


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