Flood waters destroy youth football team's equipment

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WELLINGTON, Kan. (KAKE) -

Heavy flooding last week in Wellington destroyed the Youth Football Program's equipment. The floods also damaged the field, fences and two buildings used for storage. 

Colton Elmore will be in fourth grade next year. He's the quarterback for the Wellington Duke's Youth Football Team.

"Football's my favorite sport," says Colton.

Colton had a record season last year. He scored more than 30 touchdowns and had at least 100 tackles.His teammate, Parker is also talented. He plays above his own age group. Both are ready to hit the field again this season, but the team might not get to play.

"A flood came in and knocked down all those fences and got up in here and destroyed some equipment," says teammate, Parker.

"There was a boat in the middle of the field. It was just crazy," says Colton.

Coach Brandon Lambert says flooding destroyed the team's equipment and the two buildings the team uses for storage. 

"The whole building was filled...It was chaos in here," says Lambert.

The Wellington Youth Football Program has five teams, with more than 100 players and 30 cheerleaders. 

"Wellington Youth Football's been around since 1964...Pretty much anybody you talk to here in town that played youth football played in this program," says Lambert. 

To kickoff on schedule in August, the team will have to get a lot of new equipment. They need everything from practice dummies to helmets.

"There's some hope, but eighty five hundred dollars is a lot of money," says Lambert.

"I hope we get some new equipment," says Parker. 

The Wellington Football Program relies solely on donations. If you would like to donate to help the team play this season, donations can be made to:

Wellington Youth Football, 112 North Olive Street in Wellington, Kansas, 67152

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