Clay County getting $1.4 million from FEMA to fix football field
CLAY, WV (WCHS/WVAH) —
Clay County High School upcoming senior Zack Ferrebee said playing on this field post flooding is not even close to what it was before June of 2016.
"Some spots it's just mushy and sinks in a lot,” said Clay County Panther Linebacker Zack Ferrebee.
The drains under the field collapsed after the 2016 flooding, and that caused parts of the field to start collapsing. The flood waters also washed away some of the riverbank, and because of that some of the lights are leaning towards the river.
"It's a hassle to practice around because there are parts of the field we literally can't go on,” Ferrebee added.
To help fix all of this, Senators Shelley Moore Capito and Joe Manchin announced Clay County is getting a little more than 1.4 million dollars just for the football field from the Federal Emergency Management Agency. Assistant head coach for the Panthers Barry Payton said this money is going to go a long way.
"People rally around these facilities and things like that. On Friday nights this is where everybody comes to,” said Barry Payton.
The money is going to be used for several things. Fixing the drainage on the field, fixing the foundation of the bleachers, which also shifted during the flood, and fix the leaning lights. Little league football and the high school’s softball team all share the field. Payton said these upgrades are going to help all kinds of kids.
"There's so many kids that come up through here that this is home to, and they learn a lot of values and core things right here on this field,” added Payton.
The money is also going to help fix some electrical issues in the press box and re-sod the field.
Although Ferrebee isn't going to reap the benefits of the upgrades, he's happy the field is going to be fixed for the kids playing after him.
"I definitely want to see this program furthered. It would be good to not only us as football players, it would also be good to the community,” Ferrebee added.