Rain is mixed blessing for Carbon golfers
Several years of worsening drought have caused many Carbon County residents to look upon the recent deluge of rain with a welcoming eye. However, the force and concentration of the past week's storms have turned the much needed precipitation into a mixed blessing.
Just this week, multiple rain storms have pelted the hillsides and waterways in Carbon County causing myriad damages. At the Carbon Country Club Golf Course, torrential downpours caused silt and mud to ram into multiple bridges causing lasting damaged on the public course.
According to course pro Tom King Jr., rain water flowing down into the course from adjacent hills as well as through their canal significantly damaged the bridges on holes 15 and 18. The intense pressure asserted by rushing water and flowing debris shifted a concrete bridge in front of the 15th tee box more than a foot.
Another bridge crossing the 15th fairway was bent in several places and saved from destruction by its culvert. Course officials have been able to make minor repairs which will allow play to continue on the hole, but further permanent reconstruction will be needed.
As the course's back nine holes are owned by the Carbon County Recreation/Transportation Special Service District, the funding body is working with King to replace multiple crossings.
"I am currently working with a local engineering firm to work out the best way ensure that future rain storms don't damage the course in this way," said King.
The course pro plans to install elevated crossings wherever possible. A ramp will lead up to the bridge, allowing the path to rise above the flood level.
The golf course was far from the only business to see damage from the continued precipitation. The rushing water damaged to the Carbon Canal's head gate, restricting its ability to regulate water going into the course's backside storage pond. Depending on the time needed to fix the gate, the course could face problems watering several portions.
Business owners have not been the only victims of this tempest, as reports of flooded basements and leaking roofs have become commonplace over the past week.
Rain is expected to continue in Carbon County through the weekend, prompting property owners to batten their hatches and locate their insurance policies against the coming storm.