Floods destroy brand new field at Clarksburg City Park

NUTTER FORT, W.Va (WDTV) - All of this flooding has left for a messy situation in Nutter Fort, which people are calling sad and devastating.

"Just heartbreaking," said Julia Cutright from Clarksburg. "And the kids all play baseball and it'll take a long time to clean it up."

The fields at Clarksburg City Park are underwater and a lot of baseball equipment started to float away.

Park officials told 5 News we're looking at about three or four feet away -- something they haven't seen in about a decade. It's a crushing scene for the community as 24 hours ago, they were watching kids play on a field that wasn't even a week old.

The roughly $700,000 product opened for the community last Wednesday and park officials say they've had about 20 games there.

"You feel bad for the kids because they're not going to get to play for a few days until the water goes down and things dry out," said John Cooper, the Superintendent of Clarksburg City Parks.

The rain came and dumped water on not just the turf field, but neighboring fields too.

"The water hasn't been this high since 2008, was the last time we had significant flooding," Cooper said. "We've had some minor flooding here and there but this is by far the worst since that point."

Some of the fields had portable baseball equipment that started to float away. That's when rescue crews came in with a boat. Cooper says this is a community that will work together to overcome this.

"Coach from Notre Dame, Pony League have all volunteered," Cooper said. "Salem University has volunteered their teams to come in and help with the clean up and get the fields back in condition."

Members of the community stopped by throughout the day to look at the damage. Several say it's heartbreaking but the strength of everyone coming together will lead to good things in the near future.

"Very surprised," said Tammy Jaggie. "I mean we were just here yesterday and everything was fine and it's less than 24 hours later."

"This community is resilient," Cutright said. "They'll come together and get it back on track."