Storm damage is minor at Jefferson, Lisbon, Mt. Vernon facilities

Weight room gets wet, baseball fields flooded in Sunday storm

Water on the floor at the Cedar Rapids Jefferson weight room (K.J. Pilcher/The Gazette)
Water on the floor at the Cedar Rapids Jefferson weight room (K.J. Pilcher/The Gazette)

CEDAR RAPIDS — For the second time in two weeks, Jefferson High School athletics facilities has dealt with the effects of severe storms that have swept through the Metro.

The damage was drastically less than when winds destroyed light poles, fences and signs at the baseball field June 16.

Water leaked in to the Jefferson weight room, which also serves as home to the J-Hawks’ Performance Physical Education program, during heavy rains Sunday night. Staff was in the weight room Monday morning to clean up. By noon, a large industrial fan was blowing across the floor that had just a few puddles remaining.

“Nothing major as of yet,” Jefferson Athletics Director Chris Deam said of damage. “I still have to check the computers and stuff.”

Deam mentioned water entered through the hallway and the floor was better further into the weight room and away from the door. The center section of mats were removed and small piping were placed underneath He said the biggest problem is getting floor tiles picked up and cleaned off.

“Some stuff got wet,” Deam added. “I don’t think anything was damaged. We should be OK.”

Deam said the school’s auditorium suffered more damage from waters, flooding it to the second row of seats.

“It’s a mess,” Deam said. “We’ll have to get it cleaned up and see what is damaged.”

Cleanup also was under way Monday at Mount Vernon and Lisbon, an area that received about 5 inches of rain in the span of less than two hours.

At 1 a.m. Monday, the Lisbon High School baseball field was covered by about 4 feet of water. That had subsided by mid-morning; all that was left was a pair of dugouts half-full of water, dozens of empty Gatorade bottles bobbing on the surface.

“We can get the water out,” said Lisbon AD Lance Kamaus. “Our main concern would be our lights.”

The water level rose above the electrical outlets that power the field.

A few yards away, at Bob Bunting Field, the softball diamond showed no wear of the overnight deluge.

“It drains really well,” said Bunting, the Lions’ softball coach. “There’s a little erosion right by home plate, but other than that, we could play right now.”

At Mount Vernon, the majority of the Mustangs softball team was in place between 7 a.m. and noon, cleaning out the batting cages that had been flooded, with hopes that their double-header Monday would go on.

By mid-afternoon, when another storm passed through, it was assured that it wouldn’t.

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