As of June 23, 2015, Erin Hedlun, public information officer for the Springfield-Greene County Office of Emergency Management, reported that estimated losses from the flooding totaled $337,139.16. Damage to the Rivercut Golf Course was estimated at $75,000 for the repair of greens and walking trail bridges.
This water hazard on the Rivercut Golf Course was the result of heavy rain that sent water from the James River over its banks.
The Rivercut Golf Course is closed due to flood damage left by the record-breaking James River flood on Friday, June 19, 2015, according to an announcement by the Springfield-Greene County Park Board. The flooding impacted the scheduling of four golf tournaments at the course at 2850 W. Farm Road 190, just southwest of Springfield city limits.
The river, which abuts the course, crested on site between 3 and 6 p.m. Friday, flooding 12 holes, the practice range, the Connie Morris Golf Learning Center, the maintenance building and the lower parking lot. The flood also washed away a portion of a 75-foot golf cart bridge at hole No. 6.
“Holes 1-12 were all flooded, and there are parts of the course we cannot yet access,” said Bob Belote, director of parks. “All our golf and operations staff are out here working hard to clean up. We’d like to get the back nine holes reopened in the next two days, and hopefully, we can have the front nine open within one to two weeks.”
Floodwaters rose to eight inches within the Connie Morris Golf Learning Center, soaking flooring, baseboards and lower walls. Additional damage is still being assessed. The building was built in 2001 and this is the first time it has flooded.
About two feet of water entered the Rivercut Maintenance building, but damage was minimal as golf staff had moved mowers and other equipment to higher ground earlier in the day.
The bridge at hole No. 6 was completely destroyed, with a portion washing away. This bridge, spanning a crevice over a tributary of the river, had also sustained damage in a flood in 2008. The 2008 floodwaters were not as high at Rivercut, but the current was stronger, causing more extensive damage to the course and two other bridges. A thorough damage assessment is being made before a claim will be submitted to the park board's insurance carrier.
Friday’s flooding also impacted greenway trails throughout the Parks system, many of which follow creek and stream beds.
“Friday's flooding left water and debris on many greenway trails, especially the Ward Branch Greenway,” said Belote. “People really need to show great caution on all our greenways until we have a chance to get them cleaned up.”
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 suspended until Lake Springfield recedes to a safe depth. The park’s boat ramp is also closed.