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Old 05-01-2017, 11:32 AM   #1
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Flooding impacts Rivercut Golf Course, Greenway trails, Springfield


Waters are receding at Springfield-Greene County Park Board locations affected by flooding over the weekend, but clean-up and damage estimates will have to wait until areas drain further.

The James River flooded into Rivercut Golf Course Saturday, covering the front nine holes and much of the parking lot, surrounding the Connie Morris Golf Learning Center and entering the maintenance building.

Maintenance equipment had been moved out of the maintenance building ahead of the flood. The Connie Morris Golf Learning Center was heavily sandbagged in anticipation of the flood. Damage inside this building is unknown at this time. Until the river returns to its banks, the extent of damage on the golf course is also unknown. Rivercut Golf Course remains closed this week.

Two golf tournaments have been relocated, due to the flooding at Rivercut.

The High School District Golf Tournament scheduled Monday, May 1, will now be held at Bill & Payne Stewart Golf Course.
The National Home School Golf Championships is also relocating to Bill & Payne Stewart Golf Course, Wednesday, May 3 through Friday, May 5.

Further upstream, the James River rose into Lake Springfield Park, but flooding did not touch Lake Springfield Boathouse or cover the paved parking lots. The park remains open, but park patrons are advised to use extreme caution near the edges of the water.

Numerous portions of paved greenway trails remain underwater, including:
Ward Branch Greenway, south of Plainview Road, near Rivercut Golf Course.
Wilson’s Creek Greenway, south of Rutledge-Wilson Farm Park. This trail runs along Wilson’s Creek, which rises and flows swiftly during floods.
South Creek Greenway, between Scenic Ave. and Carver Middle School, including both sides of Golden Ave.
Galloway Creek Greenway, near the James River, where large portions of the trail are impassable until floodwaters subside.
Fulbright Spring Greenway (formerly the South Dry Sac) between Farm Road 159 and Lost Hill Park, as well as the David C Murray Trailhead.

Jordan Creek Greenway pedestrian underpasses at National and Fremont avenues.
Water may cover additional greenway trails in other underpasses and low spots.

“A lot of our trails are built parallel to creeks, and they’re subject to flooding,” said Assistant Parks Director Miles Park. “As the floodwaters recede, mud and silt and debris will be left on the greenway trails, especially near low water crossings. It’s going to take us some time to get the trails clean, so we urge extreme caution to trail users. Please stay out of flooded areas.”

All parks and greenway trails, except Rivercut Golf Course, remain open. But water levels are high along lakes and streams, and many sites hold water after heavy rain. Park patrons are advised to stay away from flooded areas, especially along saturated stream banks, which may not be stable due to high water.

Parks Director Bob Belote has a strong message to parents, kids and anyone who is curious about exploring flooded areas.
“Parents, don’t let your kids get near the flood water,” said Belote. “I saw three different kids today who were playing too close to a very dangerously flooded James River. The river is moving really fast. Please show great caution and stay out of the water.”

For media inquiries, contact Jenny Fillmer Edwards, Public Information Administrator for the Springfield-Greene County Park Board, at 417-874-2943 (desk) or 417-224-5510 (mobile) or email Jenny Edwards.
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