Rain causes flooding across the area, puts Fruth Field underwater

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(WFRV) — Rain throughout the area Tuesday has once again caused flooding across Northeast Wisconsin.

Sunset Beach Road and Sunset Beach Lane at the mouth of Green Bay were still dealing with flooding this morning.

The intersection of Resort Road and Cottage Row were also flooded.

One of the major causes for the flooding is due to water from the bay of Green Bay and the Fox River are both very high.

As a result, more rain and wind piles up by the mouth of the bay, causing the flooding from the mouth and beyond.

Local 5’s Erinn Taylor visited Fond du Lac High School Wednesday morning to find Fruth Field underwater.

“The river gets to a point where it’s above our drainage valve, the duckbill closes, and water can’t go in or out,” Dave Michalkiewicz, Fond du Lac High School’s Athletic Director said, “and you end up with situations like this where it’s got to wait until the river goes down.”

This is the second time the stadium has flooded in just over six months.

Three teams call Fruth Field home: Fond du Lac High School’s Varsity and Junior Varsity football teams, and St. Mary Springs’ Varsity football team.

None of those teams have home games scheduled this week, but next week both varsity teams plan to play their homecoming games at the field.

Whether or not those games will go on depends on what happens after the water recedes.

“It just really depends on how much damage is done to the grass,” Michalkiewicz said.

He added that the athletic department will figure out what to do if the field is too damaged for football.

“If we were to have to move something next week as a last-ditch effort, we’d be looking at either another local facility or possibly going up to, we’re supposed to play Oshkosh North,” Michalkiewicz said, “so possibly look at that as an option.”

He added that even bigger decisions may have to be made down the line regarding the future of Fruth Field.

“We’re at the very beginning of discussions within the school district of looking at a move, possibly to the high school or providing a different surface down here that would be much easier to maintain and to use,” Michalkiewicz said.

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