Friday, April 19, 2013

Flood Update - Friday AM

Overnight the water did rise to the highest I have seen in years on the course.  We are now at levels rarely seen.  Honey Lake is still well above normal which limits our ability to lower the water on the course.  We hope the peak has past and now we can begin to see the water drop on the course.

Clean up will hopefully begin this weekend
For the numbers people out there- the pumps remove 18,000 GPM - that is a over 1 million gallons of water every hour - and 26 million gallons per day.  In an entire summer, we use about 26 million gallons of water for irrigation.

There are 325,826 gallons of water in an acre foot (that is 1 square acre x 1 foot deep).  Right now we have about 40 acres of water on the course at an average depth of 2 feet, or 26 million gallons of water, which would take about 24 hrs to remove.  The problem is, Honey Lake has a watershed of 1,250 acres plus we have an additional 300 acres of land that also flows onto the course - for a golf course watershed of nearly 1,550 acres.  4" of rain in produces 168 million gallons of water over 1,550 acres.  If only half of it makes it to us, that is still 84 million gallons of water which will take 3.5 days of the pumps running nonstop to remove.  The problem is, the ground was saturated prior to the 4" rainfall, so most of the 4" has and is coming our way - so the pumps will be running non-stop for most likely a full week.

So far we are in day 1 of the pumps running nonstop and I expect it to take several more days before things begin to settle down.

Today we are hoping to begin removal of water from the course, but our success depends on how fast Honey Lake is filled by water still flowing into it.  If Honey Lake begins to top the dam, we have to release water and drainage on the course slows or stops.

The course remains closed and will most likely be closed Saturday.