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Published July 19, 2011, 06:48 PM

Casselton deals with water woes

Casselton, ND (WDAY TV) - Crews are scrambling at Casselton's Cottonwood Golf Course today...Pumping out the basement of the clubhouse after three inches of rain filled the basement and left thousands of dollars in damage.

Crews are scrambling at Casselton's Cottonwood Golf Course today...Pumping out the basement of the clubhouse after three inches of rain filled the basement and left thousands of dollars in damage.

It’s a dirty, muddy, flooded mess. Three inches of rain caused two feet of flooding the Cottonwood Golf Course's Clubhouse garage, where sixteen golf carts are usually kept dry.

Mike Utt – General Manager: "We opened up the doors and when I finally did get down here I couldn't believe. If you can see on the walls just how high it was."

Now General Manager Mike Utt says the course is left with thousands of dollars in damage. More, he says, if he didn't move the golf-cart chargers higher in the spur-of-the-moment decision.

Utt: "Thank god we did that. All those chargers cost around 1000 dollars each."

And if you hear that ringing in the background, it’s not your ears.

Utt: "We were standing outside when we could hear the ringing. Thank god I wear hearing aids."

If you feel like sinking one into the green, you will have a better chance of hitting one of these newly-created water hazards than the actual hole."

Connor Reinerts – Cleaning up course: "Never seen it this bad before."

Puddles and ponds dot the prestigious greens. And pumps are pouring out water quickly on what used to be a quiet course.

Reinerts: "Try to get it off fast as we can so it doesn't dry."

Utt: "The course is so wet that if we get water like this it doesn't have any place to run."

It's a mighty mess the Cottonwood Golf Course has on their hands, and its washing away all hopes of hitting the greens in the next few days. Utt says they may have to stay closed for another week while the course dries. He says they are already having a tough year because rains keep closing the course.

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