DALLAS (CBS 11 NEWS) – The record rains may have gone but floodwater still remains, especially along the Trinity River in Dallas County. Hard hit is the Luna Vista Golf Course in northwest Dallas, part of the L.B. Houston Sports Complex, tucked up next to the city of Irving.
Flooding in the area is capricious — the neighboring Trinity is so high that water on the fairways has no place to go. Water on the greens is higher still and they have to be maintained. The work hasn’t stopped, because the city vows one day soon the golf course will reopen.
“We’re basically a bathtub. And we’re waiting,” that according to John Lawrence.
Lawrence supervises Dallas’ golf courses and tennis centers. He believes the damage from the May rains is unprecedented.
Of the city’s six golf courses, Luna Vista and Grover C. Keeton remain closed and will for a while. “Once that water goes down we can begin the cleanup process,” he told CBS 11 News.
Getting the water to go down is the issue. At Keeton, six pumps are pushing water over the levees and draining into the river. It may reopen next week depending on the condition of the greens, but Luna Vista is currently below the Trinity’s overflow. Water on that course is still being let out from flood control dams upstream in Lewisville and Carrollton.
Lawrence said, “It’s very frustrating but we have to realize there’s not a lot [to do] but wait for things to settle out.”
Simply getting to Luna Vista is a problem. Both the north and south approaches on Luna Road are underwater.
But some wily tennis fans refused to have their courts denied and found a back way in when they learned four of the complexes 18 courts reopened Thursday. “The courts are in pretty good shape. I think for all the rain they’ve had they’re pretty good,” John Logan said, and son Tanner echoed, “The water was seeping up through the cracks a little bit, but we really didn’t have a problem with it.”
But the grass isn’t entirely greener; Lawrence says four courts are damaged beyond repair.
Some parks problems go beyond tennis and golf centers. Water has eroded the walk-and-bike trail at Bonner Anderson Park – closing it for months. Other major closings: California Crossing Park Trail until mid-July, ditto for Trammel Lake Park and the Elm Fork gun range is closed until mid-July… maybe later.
Lawrence hopes the Luna Vista course can be dried out and reopened in a few weeks, assuming the Trinity River finally recedes and possible rain this weekend doesn’t worsen the problem.
The greens still have to be watered and mowed. But these days the greens keepers and their lawnmowers have to be rowed out to them in boats.
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