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The images are indelible from earlier this week. A downpour where more 4-to-5 inches of rain fell in a few hours and our First National Tower Cam noticed the outfield at TD Ameritrade Park was covered in water.
So was parking lot D north of the Century Link Center -- and parking lot B west of the facility.
Parking lot D is supposed to be where the water goes when it cannot go anywhere else. That's the design.
But it rained so hard and so fast, the places that aren't supposed to flood -- did.
Remember, the baseball field has a superb drainage system that can withstand 7 1/2 inches of rain in 24-hours.
So why was the outfield covered in water?
It has been such a wet summer where we've been constantly fighting a rising Missouri River from covering a good chunk of the city -- when it rained as much as did Monday (at one point a half-inch came down in 10 minutes) there was nowhere for the field to drain.
So the rain water just stayed...but not for long.
Here's where it gets good.
The water had drained by 10:30am. There wasn't sewage in it. It was just rain water.
In fact, the grounds crew mowed the outfield at 1pm. Yes -- they mowed just hours after there was standing water.
MECA officials tell me they could have played a game on the diamond that night.