Wed Aug 11 02:54pm EDT
Iowa State players began trickling in for morning practice around 6 a.m., as usual, but they didn't get much done, football-wise. Instead, the players that showed up before roads into campus were closed spent the morning dropping sandbags around Jack Trice Stadium. ISU athletes, athletic department staff, student managers and trainers hauled equipment to the second floor of the Jacobson Athletic Building, saving it from the fate suffered by much of the rest of Ames, which woke up to dangerous flooding after a heavy downpour on Tuesday night:
The Cyclone football team started sandbagging around the Jacobson Building at 8:15 a.m. Wednesday morning. Most of the team was already at the facility working out.
"It was unbelievable," defensive tackle Jake McDonough said. "We were running all over the place trying to protect the building. I've never seen anything like this."
Heavy rains turned the Hilton Coliseum parking lot into a lake. Hilton Coliseum was also damaged by the 1993 floods. The ISU Soccer Complex, which was under water Tuesday night, remains flooded. [...]
Several players who lived on the east side of town were unable to make it to the Jacobson Building until around noon. Guard Alex Alvarez said coaches told him to stay at his apartment, which had water a few feet from his building, until travel was safe.
"I thought (the floods) two years ago was bad," Alvarez said. "This is worse."
By the end of the morning, the floor of the basketball arena was submerged under as much as eight feet of water. The good news, relatively speaking: Even with their outdoor practice fields under water, the football Cyclones can still use their indoor practice facility. They had planned to reconvene for meetings and practice Wednesday afternoon. And the water didn't quite make it to Trice Stadium, which will be fine for the season opener against Northern Illinois on Sept. 2. You may take their land, Squak Creek, but you'll never take their football.