JONESBORO, AR (KAIT) - Arkansas State University is getting a new turf football field due to flood damage from May.
The field was one of many facilities in Jonesboro damaged by the floodwaters.
"We are going to replace the turf at the football field after the extreme rain we had in Jonesboro and the surrounding area on May 24," Arkansas State University Marketing and Communications Director Bill Smith said. "There was some flooding that resulted in part of the field separating and floating which makes it a hazard and has been judged a total loss by the insurance company."
Arkansas State got the turf field back in 2009 and it was replaced by the company one year later due to drainage problems.
Now, just six years later, the turf is being replaced again, this time, because of unpredicted floods.
"It simply was an unforeseen event and right now we are hoping to get everything done on time and ready for the fall season," Smith said. "It is an unfortunate accident that is the result of all the flooding we had."
Smith said if it weren't for the flooding the university would probably not have replaced the field for a few years.
"What related to this event is really this bizarre rain and flooding event because had we not had that we probably wouldn't be replacing our turf here in the middle of the summer right in front of football season," Smith said.
Smith said they are fortunate that insurance is covering the replacement.
"There will be a deductible we will have to manage here inside the institution just like anyone would but fortunately we have coverage that will take care of that and other damages we had during the flood," Smith said.
He also said that although the situation is unfortunate, they will take some efforts during the renovations to help prevent future flooding.
"We will do some mitigation efforts with the drainage to prevent this from happening in the future but like so many residents of Jonesboro or Craighead County this rain was a hundred year rain, might have been a 500-year rain that damaged a lot of things people did not expect," Smith said.
Football fans will most likely not see a difference in the fall since the turf will look similar to the current field, but it will be safer for players.
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