In addition to losing roughly 200 trees, the Springfield, La. club experienced flooding, and multiple bridges that were completely destroyed have yet to be replaced. “I went through Katrina and Gustav and the amount of tree damage and wind damage that we took during Ida was even worse than those two hurricanes,” says Superintendent Adam Russell.
At Carter Plantation in Springfield, La., remnants of Hurricane Ida, which hit the state on August 29, 2021, are still visible across the golf course, WBRZ reported.
“I went through Katrina and Gustav and the amount of tree damage and wind damage that we took during Ida was even worse than those two hurricanes,” said Superintendent Adam Russell.
Russell told WBRZ Ida knocked down about 200 trees as the eyewall crossed lower Livingston.
“Some of the biggest, healthiest pine trees that you would think would never fall over just completely snapped,” he said.
Splintered remnants still show, WBRZ reported. There’s also a pile of branches that still hasn’t been picked up all these months later.
“We had to just clear the entire thing so you are talking about clearing hundreds of trees. Homes that were on [one] side of [a] ditch couldn’t even see the course, and now it’s wide open,” Russell said.
But it wasn’t just trees—some bridges in the golf course were completely destroyed and have not been repaired, WBRZ reported.
Some parts of the property were flooded, WBRZ reported. Russell said he still remembers the day he came back to the golf course. He knew how hard the clean-up would be.
“Seeing the large trees and large pines, healthy oaks and healthy pines, you quickly realized how long this cleaning process would be,” Russell said.
For as bad as it was, Russell knows it could’ve been worse, WBRZ reported.
“Being prepared for this storm was a huge part of it for us and knowing our insurance and knowing what we were getting into,” he said. “Being prepared, having the equipment ready, that was a big part of it for us.”