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VT Sports Fields Mean More than Games after Flood

Keene, NY August 2011 Irene Damage
Keene, NY August 2011 Irene Damage

Across Vermont, many communities that were hit by flooding from Tropical Storm Irene are working to get their athletic fields back in shape.

For many schools, their fields are on flat land next to rivers, just the areas that were hit the hardest by the flooding in August.

In Bethel, parts of the fields that are used by the Whitcomb High School and the community were under 18 inches of silt and littered with other debris such as hot water and propane tanks.

Parts of the fields are ready for use. But some won't be ready until next year.

Athletic director Willy Walker says the $80,000 repair was paid for with a combination of insurance, federal and state assistance and local fundraising.

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