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Flooding impacts several golf courses in Waco area

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Posted at 1:42 PM, Oct 24, 2018
and last updated 2018-10-24 21:21:51-04

Some golf courses located near Lake Waco have been affected by flooding in the past week.

At Ridgewood Country Club, two holes are unplayable and others are partially flooded. 

"Just a few weeks ago we were in the exceptional drought," Travis Moore Ridgewood Country Club Golf Course Superintendent said. "We were begging for rain and now we have too much so be careful what you wish for."

Staff changed the set up of the golf course to make sure golfers could still play. Currently, golfers can only play at 16 holes instead of 18. 

Tuan Yu Chiang, a Baylor Golf player, said the conditions are better than she expected.

"I've been in worse conditions than this. I'm soaking wet. From bottom to top, I'm soaking wet and we still have to play in that weather unless there is a thunderstorm," Chiang said.

Staff recently completed repairs from flooding damage in 2016.

"It's frustrating that the water is already back. On a positive note, the way we completed those repairs was to minimize damage from future floods. It would be a good test to see how our plans worked," Moore said.

Lake Waco is currently 19 feet above normal and the levels could be higher with recent rain.

"More rain right now may cause us some problems but I think if we can get through the next couple days we will be alright," Moore said.

Moore added it's too early to tell the economic impact to the business. 

Employees anticipate the 18 holes at the course will be playable again in two to three weeks but all of that depends on weather conditions and damage, which will be not be assessed until the water recedes. 

The Twin Rivers Golf Course was also impacted by the recent flooding. An event the Texas Transit Association expected to have at that location on Wednesday was postponed until May. 

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