1-hour torrential downpour destroys high school’s turf field


Alverton, PA received a 1-hour blast of rain totaling more than 2 inches on Friday, and it did quite a number on Southmoreland High School’s Russ Grimm Field.

The turf field, installed many years ago, was obliterated by nearby flooding and they’re not sure how long the field will be out of commission. Pittsburgh CBS affiliate KDKA first reported it via Twitter, with the Pittsburgh Tribune Review later covering the story.

“There is water damage under the carpet,” Alverton superintendent John Molnar told the Tribune. “We don’t want anybody twisting an ankle. The main thing is keeping all players safe. We’re keeping them off the field, even the part that was not lifted.”

Via Yahoo! Sports: Of course, the timing of the water damage is particularly unfortunate, with Southmoreland scheduled to open the 2013 football season on Friday. That game against Jeanette (Pa.) High was scheduled to be played at the now-inoperable Southmoreland turf, but will instead be played at California University of Pennsylvania.


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