AUSTIN (KXAN) - Oak HIll youth baseball players and their parents on Monday morning were trying to pick up the pieces after heavy rains destroyed their Oak Hill baseball complex. The Oak Hill Youth Sports Association said the fall season is canceled indefinitely.
"I've been playing out here since I was a stroller it's kind of like my secondary home that I don't have right now," said Adam Hartman, a 12-year-old baseball player that has been playing there all his life.
Railroad ties, debris, unearthed pipes, and torn fences were left after the storm rattled the ball park. Parents believe the flash floods spilled over from Williamson Creek, which is parallel to the complex. Parents said the slush of water and debris must have been about two to three feet high when it swept across the 8 different fields.
"We're just heartbroken, this is where our children come to make friends to learn teamwork and they learn leadership,"said Hatti Hartman, Vice President of the Oak Hill Youth Sports Association. "This is more than just a game or sport for these children and their families these are life lessons they learn out here."
She said a contractor, who is affiliated with the program, said the damages could cost around $100,000 to fix. The two softball fields that back up directly to the creek have trash bins on them that were pushed back.
"I've been out here with my children since 2002 and we've never seen it like this,"said Hartman. "I've also talked to people who played out here as children and their back out here as parents as parents and they've never seen it."
The complex has been around since 1967 and has grown over the years. The Association said it's had water and mud, but has never seen anything like this.
The Oak Hill Youth Sports Association said it relies heavily on donations. President Stephen Bega said heartbroken and it's having an emergency meeting Monday night with its board.
The fields in Southwest Austin were among the casualties of the weekend storm system that flooded creeks, some streets and some neighborhoods.
More than 100 trees covered in lights now shine bright throughout Zilker Park. The Trail of Lights is open for another season.
A 10-year-old was killed while standing outside of a vehicle which lost control during the icy conditions, DPS said.
Travis County District Attorney Rosemary Lehmberg heads to court this week as a defendant in a civil trial that could oust her from office.
Santa visited Austin early on Sunday, joining hundreds of motorcyclists for their annual Toy Run.
Late Saturday night into early Sunday morning, a light band of freezing drizzle traversed the I-35 corridor eastward. With sub-freezing temperatures, even the light precipitation created major problems.
Austin Police confirm they have located an 82-year-old women who went missing last night.