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Sep 24, 2013 5:45 PM by Andrew Ellison - aellison@kristv.com

6 Investigates Follow-up: Flooded Baseball Fields

CORPUS CHRISTI - A local youth baseball league is trying to get the city to help them with flooding on their fields.

As we've reported, it's the Oso Pony League Baseball fields located off Paul Jones Avenue.

The problem has been going on for a couple weeks and some games have already been cancelled.

League officials are trying to figure out how top drain the water overflowing from a retention pond in the corner of the complex.

The water is seeping into the outfield of one of the fields and is flooding into the parking lot.

The city says the league has to take care of the fields and anything that happens to the fields, but the league says their responsiblity is simply to maintain the fields, and it's the city's job to take care of overflows from that pond.

Technically, the whole complex is city land, but the league has a lease agreement with the city to use the fields for baseball.

Curley Mellinger is an honorary board member of the Oso Pony League and says that retention pond doesn't drain like it should. He says the pond has flooded the complex before.

He also feels the city should take care of the problem.

"The fact is how can we maintain the field if because of something they (the city) didn't do, we've got a problem that we can't exist with," Mellinger says.

We brought the problem to that district's city council member, Colleen McIntyre. She says the pond is connected to an outlet, but something is clearly not working.

"It might be clogged, and we can talk to engineering services or someone to go check that out," she says.

She also agrees with the league that the city should be the ones to take care of that water that has overflown into the complex.

The league hopes something will finally get done.

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