The Elkhart, Ind. property had to shut down its 18-hole golf course and restaurant, after damage from a major sewer leak that the club says was caused by a construction crew installing a traffic light system next to the restaurant.
The Christiana Creek Country Club in Elkhart, Ind. has no golfers and won’t for a while, WSBT reported. The golf course is going to have its possessions auctioned off after closing down due to major damage from a sewer leak.
That leak has prompted a lawsuit from the owner of the golf course against the city, INDOT and a local contractor, WSBT reported. The golf course shut down after its moneymaker restaurant was badly damaged.
“Without the restaurant there, it’s very difficult to break even just with golf and so they can’t keep running at a deficit, it’s been almost a year now,” said Attorney Michael Misch, who is representing the club’s owner.
The reason behind the damage is now the subject of a lawsuit filed by the golf course’s owner against the city of Elkhart, the Indiana Department of Transportation and Michiana Contracting, WSBT reported. It alleges that while installing a traffic light system next to the restaurant, the construction crew hit the restaurant sewer pipe causing it to back up and flood the building.
“You can imagine it was pretty bad,” said Misch.
The restaurant had to close down after water filled with feces flooded the restaurant and damaged just about everything in it, WSBT reported. A report done by a surveyor concluded the cause of the backup was the drain that was broken during construction.
“Somebody didn’t mark the appropriate line and it caused basically the complete destruction of this place,” Misch said. “It needs to be completely gutted or remodeled, but at this point it is completely unusable.”
Misch estimates the damage and lost profit is in the millions, WSBT reported.
With the golf course closed up, its possessions are going to auction June 5, WSBT reported. It’s something that the owner wishes never had to happen.
“This was fulfilling a dream for him and it was absolutely devastating,” Misch said.
WSTB reached out to the city of Elkhart, INDOT and Michiana Contracting. All said they had no comment.