Eric Iverson was philosophical as he prepared his softball field at Northeastern A&M to take yet another battering from Tar Creek.
"You just sit here and watch it - that's all you can do," he said. "This is a pain in the rear, but it's not our home and not our livelihood. It's just a field. It can be redone pretty quickly. It's the homes and the people that you worry about."
About 600 homes are facing evacuation, the result of heavy flooding from the Neosho River and the resulting backup of Tar Creek.
The Neosho was expected to crest at 28 feet tonight - 18 inches higher than it peaked in 1986 - at Commerce with the additional floodwater hitting Miami Wednesday morning. Sixteen streets or highways - including Rockdale Boulevard and East Central - have been closed by flooding.
NEO's football fieldhouse and weight room and storage areas at Homa Thomas Field were emptied Monday prior to floodwaters that covered the football practice field and baseball and softball diamonds later in the day.
"With the last rains we were having, we were thinking a little ahead of game and pulled most of our stuff from the area," said Iverson, whose last task Monday was taking down the mesh backstop behind home plate. "We thought maybe it was a precaution for nothing and hindsight being 20-20, all of a sudden, its here."
Norse baseball coach Roger Ward remembered the 1993 flood that knocked down the third base dugout.
"It took out all the chat from the outfield warning track and deposited it into the field," Ward said. "It may kill a lot of my rye grass for me."
Ward said some things have been moved to the second floor of the press box at Thomas Field. That area was dry during the 1986 flood that saw waters reach the northwest corner of Robertson Field.
"Most of the stuff we moved out belongs to kids who are returning next year," Ward said.
Furniture, computer and video equipment and football gear were the main items pulled out of the football fieldhouse, according to head coach Rob Green.
"We're planning on worst-case scenario," he said. "The bad part is when it has happened before, we had all the football team, the baseball team and everybody else who could pitch in (with evacuation on the campus and around town)."
"We've been here doing this long enough," Iverson said. "You know how to get everything evacuated, you know where to put it and you know how to move back in, how to clean up and get it back to looking like normal.
"We'll put in a couple hours here then out and see who else we can help."