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WESTFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – A Westfield golf course will open as scheduled Friday but you won’t be able to play 18 holes. A few fairways and greens are under water.
Ted Perez, the owner of East Mountain Country Club, is blaming the Westfield Department of Public Works for flooding the beginning part of this golf course.
Take a look at the video above. Golfers will have to take off their shoes, pick up their golf clubs and walk through the knee-deep water.
Pro Shop employees told 22News around 3 o’clock Thursday afternoon, they noticed water rushing in. They said the city DPW workers stopped by just before that to tell them the DPW is taking down the beaver dam near the golf course.
According to Perez, the DPW should’ve taken the dam down layer by layer to avoid a situation like this. “Water, you know moves just about anything, as you know. We don’t know when the water goes down. We’ll take a look at what the damage is.”
About 150 people were on the course when it started flooding, but many golfers stayed.
Bill Bowen, a Pro Shop employee, said, “We’ve never seen this much before and so quickly. From what I heard from the neighbors next door there was a roar of water when they knocked the dam down.”
“It was pretty scary when we saw the water coming in. It wasn’t really that much when we first got here, and then it just started piling up, piling up, piling up,” said Marc Grenier of Holyoke.
22News was not able to talk to DPW workers Thursday night about the beaver dam, but Westfield Police said that the Public Works Department was working to take the dam down.
UPDATE: Storm Team Meteorologist Adam Strzempko visited the golf course for a follow-up report