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What's going to happen to Bridgeport's football field?

Flood waters covered Perkins Field just last week, but it’s nothing new for Bridgeport Schools. They've been dealing with this problem over the last century, and now they are working to obtain federal funds.

What's going to happen to Bridgeport's football field?

Flood waters covered Perkins Field just last week, but it’s nothing new for Bridgeport Schools. They've been dealing with this problem over the last century, and now they are working to obtain federal funds.

"There may be some funding available but it's a 9-to-12-month process to find out if you’re eligible," Superintendent Zac Shutler said.

Shutler says the school board is now working with FEMA to determine where to go from here.

The board voted to demolish the stadium early this year, but that plan may have to change if FEMA recognizes the structure as a historical landmark.

"Their historical crew has to come in and make sure that it could be taken down, and if and when it's taken down, there's something there to commemorate the fact that a stadium stood there," Shutler said.

As they wait, they are also considering building a brand-new stadium away from the flood-prone area.

"It makes it almost impossible to rebuild there for several reasons. You can’t make something that floods that high and that often flood resistant or even get permits to rebuild there," Shutler said.

Panhandle Cleaning and Restoration is cleaning up from last week.

"We want a facility people can use and the community can be proud of,” Shutler said. “That facility has done that for many years -- a century actually -- but given the current circumstances, the age, repetitive flooding, we need to take an honest look as a school board and district to figure out to improve our athletic complex going forward."

Shutler said it could be a 2-5 year long process.

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