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Whitecourt Golf and Country Club mopping up after flood

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July 7, 2020 at 10:20 am - Home, Local News
By Erika Chorostil

The Whitecourt Golf and Country Club continues cleanup efforts after suffering extensive flooding last week from the Athabasca River overflowing.

After flood waters started pouring over the river bank and onto the course on July 3, the club was forced to close its doors.

General Manager Rick McKinnon says the entire fairway, including holes 4, 5, 6, and 7 were underwater, as well as parts of the Back 9, but work is underway to pump the water out using two large pumps.

Once the water is drained in another day or so, McKinnon says the aftermath will be cleaning up the mud left sitting on the fairway. He says they will bring a skid steer in to scrape off the mud, which is up to six inches deep.

In terms of any damages, McKinnon says they are still assessing the course but for the most part there is nothing extensive. While the fairway will take a while to dry out, the greens portion of the golf course only suffered some flooding, and should be good to go shortly.

Mckinnon says hole 16 will have a temporary green placed on the top deck while water continues to dry out in the area, but the club hopes to reopen the Back 9 portion of the course this weekend, weather permitting, followed by the Front 9 at a later date.

Flood water running through the gates at the Whitecourt Golf and Country Club, July 3, 2020 (Erika Chorostil, XM 105 FM)

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