Oak Hill Youth Sports complex hit by major flood damage

October 17, 2013

A record rainfall— with measured totals in Oak Hill ranging from 9.53 to 11.26 inches over a six-hour period last Saturday night—caused Williamson Creek to overflow its banks, flooding homes and businesses, and making the Oak Hill baseball and softball fields unusable for the foreseeable future.

According to Stephen Bega, president of the Oak Hill Youth Sports Association (OHYSA), which owns and runs the sports complex at U.S. 290 West and Joe Tanner Lane, repair of the ballfields may cost $100,000.

The damage is a blow to an organization still reeling from the City of Austin’s recent decision to cancel the utility subsidy to OHYSA, which will result in a $40,000 budget shortfall for the sports group.

Bega told the Gazette, “I have no idea how much rain actually fell, but based on the debris on the fence line, we suspect we had standing water in the complex of at least four feet.”

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