Dubuque Sports Complex Celebrates Recovering From Floods

By Lauren DeWitt, Reporter

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DUBUQUE, Iowa - It has been one year since a tremendous flash flood swept Dubuque and surrounding towns.

The flood caused damage to many businesses in the Dubuque area. Owners had to watch helplessly as their businesses were washed away from right underneath them.

Dan Kennedy, owner of Dubuque Sports Complex, never throught he would see a bat swung at his fields again, let alone a year later.

"It was just total destruction, there were grass and logs and water everywhere. Ruts in the fields, I mean everything was ripped apart, like someone came through and dropped a bomb down here," Kennedy said.

This time last year, Dubuque Sports Complex was no longer a complex, but a pool. Catfish Creek covered the five baseball fields. Heavy rainfall caused the creek to rise due to the 15 inches overnight. Kennedy spent most of that night at the complex, but at 4 a.m., he called it quits and worked his way to higher ground. When he returned the next morning, he could not believe what he saw.

"This one just destroyed everything, it pretty much took my life away from me," Kennedy said.

The 7-year owner of the five fields was determined to bring the complex back to life for the hundreds of kids who play baseball and softball every season.

"I thought I owned it to them to put it back together," Kennedy said.

He was able to put the field back together in less than a year, through the help of the community and fundraising. Friday, on the one year anniversary of the flood, the complex hosted a celebration of defeating the creek. The Dubuque Sports Complex was also able to add a baseball and softball academy called "Hit Zone" and a trophy business called "Advanced Trophy."

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