The King County Flood Warning Center downgraded a Phase 4 flood alert to Phase 3 when the river finally started to recede after extended periods of rain, but Jeremy Sagele with Auburn GC said the flooding was probably six feet deep in some areas of the course, with trees under water. Planned releases from a flood control dam have been underway.
Water from the Green River in King County (Wash.) was starting to recede on February 8th after a Phase 4 flood alert was downgraded to Phase 3, KOMO News ABC 4 of Seattle reported. But surrounding areas still faced the possibility of severe flooding, including Auburn, Wash., where farms were underwater, a park was inundated, and part of Auburn Golf Course was now one big lake.
“Thankfully, the river has been dropping overnight,” Doug Williams from the King County Flood Warning Center told KOMO. A look around the area showed what planned releases from a flood control dam have done, the station reported.
“You kind of need a boat out here to get around,” Jeremy Sagele with the Auburn Golf Course told KOMO. “I don’t ever remember seeing it this way. Trees are under water. It’s probably six feet deep in some areas.”
The golf course was closed and it would probably take a week to get it open again, Sagele added. “This is the worse I’ve seen it in 13 years working here,” he said. “It’s basically a golf course that’s turned into a bowl where rain water keeps piling up.”
A video showing the extent of the flooding on the course was included in KOMO’s report (https://komonews.com/news/local/green-river-flooding-drowns-king-county-farms-parks-and-golf-courses).