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Science and the Environment

Recreational Areas Impacted by Recent Flooding

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City of Springfield
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Update 4:32 p.m. 6-22-15: Rivercut Golf Course's back nine holes reopened Monday at noon, according to Jenny Fillmer Edwards, public information administrator with the Springfield-Greene County Park Board.

Original post below:

A Springfield golf course is closed due to flooding late last week.  Rivercut Golf Course was heavily impacted when the nearby James River saw historic flood levels.  Twelve holes were flooded along with the practice range, the Connie Morris Golf Learning Center, the maintenance building and the lower parking lot.  The flood washed away a portion of the 75-foot golf cart bridge at hole number six.  Bob Belote, director of parks for Springfield and Greene County, said Saturday that officials hope to open the back nine holes in the next couple of days and the front nine open in one to two weeks.  He says they’re still assessing damage as the property continues to drain.  Four golf tournaments scheduled at Rivercut over the next three days have been rescheduled or relocated. 

The flooding also impacted Ozark Greenways trails.  According to Belote, the storm left water and debris on many trails, especially the Ward Branch Greenway.  He says people need to use caution on the trails until the Park Board can get them cleaned up.

According to the City of Springfield, floodwaters rose to within a foot of the Lake Springfield Boathouse, but the structure did not sustain any damage.  Lake Springfield Park is open today, but boat rentals are on hold until Lake Springfield recedes to a safe depth. The park’s boat ramp is also closed.

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