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Flooding damages Pike Co. golf course

By: Whitney Burks Email
By: Whitney Burks Email

PIKE COUNTY, Ky. (WYMT) - Heavy rain has caused minor flooding across parts of the region. Some areas in Pike County are underwater.

To most people it is an unusual sight, but for employees at Elk Run Golf Course in Pike County it is not the first time they have seen a river where the course should be.

"Two years ago on Mothers' Day we would be standing in about three feet of water right here," said General Manager Bryan Johnson, adding that it was disheartening.

He says right now more than half of the course is completely underwater costing them thousands of dollars in damage.

"We apply chemicals and stuff to our greens so that's basically washed away. A lot of times you don't know how bad it is until, it depends on how quick the water recedes and how much mud's left behind," said Johnson.

They say on the bright side because they have been through this before they are prepared to get the course back up and running as quickly as possible.

"We just try to get everything out of the way, let it take its course and then start our cleanup," said Johnson.

But they say this is not how they expected to start the new year.

"We was really fortunate last year. Not a good start to this year," said Johnson.

They just hope the water recedes quickly, so cleanup can begin. Golf course employees say they do not know how long the course will be closed for cleanup, but they say they usually get up and running within a few days.

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