WESTFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – Conditions are improving at East Mountain Country Club in Westfield, where the removal of a beaver dam has been blamed for the flooding of several greens and fairways.
On Thursday the East Mountain Country Club in Westfield looked more like a lake than a golf course. Country club co-owner Mark Perez told 22News the Westfield Water Resource Department took the Chapin Pond beaver dam apart about a half mile away.
“I don’t know how many gallons of water were released all at once, but it was devastating the amount of water that came down here,” Perez said. “Way more than we’ve ever had before.”
The beaver dam had caused pond levels to rise to the point it threatened spill over its banks. Perez agrees the dam needed to be removed, but it should have been done a lot sooner or more gradually to prevent the flooding.
22News traveled to the golf course on Friday. The water on the golf course continues to recede but some of the bridges were damaged. Despite the flooding, the golf course remains open.
Richard Lyons of Westfield was one of those who came out Friday to play. “It was flooded pretty bad, but it’s not too bad now. The 11th fairway had a little water, but the rest of the course is playable,” Lyons said.
Perez says the city has taken responsibility, and has been very cooperative. He said they promised to assess the damage and to work with him to make repairs. He also says that they are taking steps to see that this doesn’t happen again.
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