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Flood-hit football pitch to reopen on Isle of Man

National Sports Centre
Image caption The astro-pitch was written off following December's floods

A football pitch at the Isle of Man's National Sports Centre is set to reopen following last year's "unprecedented" flooding, said the Manx government.

The pitch at the Bowl will open on Easter Monday after extensive repairs.

The area, badly damaged in December's flash flooding, has been dried out and restructured.

Education Minister Tim Crookall said the pitch can be used until the summer when final repairs will be made following the football season.

Parts of the National Sports Centre in Douglas were submerged under two feet (60cm) of water on 3 December after a river burst its banks during torrential rain.

Image copyright IoM National Sports Centre
Image caption The National Sports Centre's main sports halls were completely submerged.

The sports centre's manager Carl Glover said the flooding was "unprecedented", adding the "devastation was unbelievable".

The main sports hall is due to reopen in May while the athletics track was restored in February.

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