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Rising water levels causing concern for Grand Falls Golf Club

Grand Falls Golf Club executive director Mike Brown stands near a water-filled sand trap near the 18th green. Water from Rushy Brook has risen over its banks and onto the course.
Grand Falls Golf Club executive director Mike Brown stands near a water-filled sand trap near the 18th green. Water from Rushy Brook has risen over its banks and onto the course.

GRAND FALLS-WINDSOR, NL – Despite a long and snowy winter, the operators of the Grand Falls Golf Club were hoping for a May 24th weekend opening, but some soggy weather of late may have something to say about that.

Water levels on the Exploits River and Rushy Brook have breached banks and encroached on sections of the course.

Executive director Mike Brown told the Advertiser today the club had hoped to get at least the back-nine holes open for play this weekend, and still do.

“We’ll make a decision on Thursday morning and hoping the potential flooding on the Exploits River and Rushy Brook won’t keep us from opening,” he said. “We’re in touch with (Exploits Generation) and they’re doing their best to control water levels.”

Exploits Generation maintains the water levels on the Exploits River as part of its hydroelectric generation operations at the former paper mill site.

Grand Falls-Windsor was hit with torrential rain at times on Tuesday and if the forecast is any indication, there could be more water woes to come.

While forecasts from different sources vary, some levels of rainfall are predicted for Wednesday through Sunday in the Grand Falls-Windsor region.

Flooding in some areas along the Exploits is a common spring occurrence.

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