High water closes roads, Pa. soccer fields

Rivers rising in Eastern Panandle

April 17, 2011|By ROXANN MILLER |

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. — The lush green fields of the Nitterhouse Soccer Complex have been replaced by three feet of water from Saturday’s unrelenting rain storm.

On the Chambersburg Youth Soccer Association website it said, “due to flooding, complex closed until further notice.”

“It’s just really bad,” said Jim Faust, vice president of CYSA’s board of directors.

During the spring season, 250 male and female soccer players, ages 8 to 18 play on the Nellie and T.K. Nitterhouse Memorial Park – home of the Chambersburg Youth Soccer Association.

Faust went to the soccer complex at 375 W. Washington St. on Saturday at 7 p.m. just as the water was starting to overflow the banks of the Conococheague Creek.

He returned Sunday at 1 p.m. to assess the damage.

“There’s nothing we can do now. We just have to wait for it to recede,” Faust said.

He said he’s seen the flooding this bad in 2009 and the water went down fairly quickly.

But, when the water goes down — that’s when the work begins, said Faust.

“Our next games are April 30, but we’ll be pushing it if we can play on it by the 30th,” Faust said.

He’s already told coaches to find alternate places to practice soccer at least for this week.

Once the floodwaters recede, Faust said it would take a team effort to get the fields in shape for soccer play again.

“We won’t know what we’re going to need until the water goes down, but the last time it was this bad we needed tons of help raking the field,” he said.

Since the driveway is stone, most of those stones wash onto the field, he said.

“We’ll have the stones wash out on the field, and we have to rake the stones and then clean up the debris that came up with the flood. It’s going to take a lot of people to help out,” Faust said.

He said two years ago, it cost approximately $14,000 to clean everything up after the flood, but the Borough of Chambersburg pitched in about $10,000 to help. Much of the money was spent fixing the stone driveway in the parking lot.

For more information, log onto Chambersburg Youth Soccer Association’s website at

Robert E. Stum, president of the Waynesboro Youth Soccer Association, said practices have been canceled this week at the Waynesboro soccer complex off Country Club Road.

“What makes this bad is how wet the ground is already. It just holding the water long. I have three fields that are 90 percent under the water in the back,” Stum said.

Five roads remained closed from flooding in Franklin County, Pa., caused by Saturday’s storms.

As of 3:30 p.m. Sunday, the county 911 center reported the following roads were closed:

  • School Road in Fannett Township

  • Creek Road in Metal Township

  • Leafmore Road in Hamilton Township

  • Hade Road in St. Thomas Township

  • Loop Road in Guilford Township

Also, Coldspring Road in Greene Township is limited to one lane of travel.

West Virginia
Saturday night’s thunderstorms have left the ground saturated, and the Potomac and Shenandoah rivers are expected to continue to rise through today, according to a news release from the Jefferson County Homeland Security & Emergency Management office.

The Shenandoah River is expected to crest this morning near 16.5 feet and moderate flooding is forecast, according to the release. This crest compares to a previous crest of 17.3 feet on Sept. 20, 2003.

The National Weather Service has extended the flood warning for the Potomac River at Harpers Ferry until further notice. At 2 p.m. on Sunday, the state was 14.8 feet, with flood stage being 18 feet, according to the release.
The forecast is for the Potomac River to rise above flood stage overnight to nearly 19.5 feet by this morning. Additional rises on the Potomac are possible thereafter. At 19.5 feet, water approaches Bruce and Hamilton streets in Harpers Ferry, according to the release.

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