It takes a community to get through the aftermath of June’s flood here in Southern Alberta. Of all the challenges that face golf course operators, this is something that most will never have to face.
For example, we have to stabilize some of the bank areas near the river. There are areas where we’ve lost substantial property. We’ll do whatever needs to be done and there are companies that do it all, but there are all kinds of environmental concerns and processes.
Full credit to the Alberta chapter of NAGA for pushing things forward, so we have people to turn to who can help us out with all of this. NAGA knows the application processes and how to turn us in the right direction since we’re in uncharted territory.
There is disaster relief available, but you’ve got to go through the process of what insurance is helping you with. We’re not going to bump people who are trying to get back into their homes, but there are things that are concerns for us.
Some of the banks that we need to stabilize is a concern for us going forward because of our ninth hole and the eighth in behind the clubhouse. Those are areas that were heavily impacted, but we’re not in despair.
As we progress, we’re getting to know the right people and we’ve had such good people helping us through it. Our owner, Lyle Edwards, knows a lot of people, he club is visible in this area and we’ve got members who have turned us on to a lot of people.
I must say that, before all of this happened, I didn’t have a lot of disaster relief connections. This whole thing is a big community effort as we progress and the way people have come together continues to show how strong that sense of community is in the aftermath.