Two days of torrential rains in July caused significant flooding at Pickerington High School Central's Tiger Stadium, but district officials said they are hopeful costs from the storms won't exceed the $25,000 insurance deductible.

Storms July 10 and 13 left the stadium field and adjacent Victory Park submerged and forced the relocation of the Picktown Palooza festival to an area near North Center Street and Town Square Drive.

Last week, Pickerington Business Manager Vince Utterback said the stadium, concession stands and restrooms should be ready in time for the Tigers' first home game Sept. 1 against Indianapolis Cathedral High School.

The district also doesn't expect to have to pay more than its $25,000 flood-insurance deductible to repair damage from the storms.

Utterback said that expense might be reduced if the district is rewarded disaster relief it is seeking through Fairfield County and the federal government.

"Our deductible for our insurance is $25,000," Utterback told the Pickerington school board Aug. 14. "I feel like we're in real good shape right now."

He said the dollar amount of the damage sustained hadn't been tabulated, but the district will have to replace space heaters and pole-vault and high-jump mats for the track and field teams.

Utterback said the stadium's restroom and concession stands already have been professionally sanitized and the concession stands will be repainted and outfitted with new cabinets.

"The cabinets will be installed because there was mold," Utterback said. "Everything was (sanitized). There was a thorough cleaning done before we started repainting or doing anything. We're proceeding, just getting ready for football."

Utterback said the stadium field "simply dried out and should be good to go."

He said football teams have been able to use their practice fields in preparation for the start of their season, which begins Aug. 24 in Toledo against Cass Tech, a high school in Detroit.

The only other significant flooding damage from the storms occurred to the gymnasium floor at Heritage Elementary School, he said.

After water seeped into the gymnasium, a damaged section of the floor was cut out and will be replaced, he said.

"They're waiting to see if the floor is going to warp, but there will be at least a section that will be replaced," he said.

Utterback said any other athletics events to be held in Tiger Stadium prior to the Sept. 1 football game would offer concessions through temporary stands.

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