With it being this cold and then when it warms up, the Bow River starts to jam up with ice, but this is probably the least worried that I’ve been about the damage it can cause.
If the river does come up, it will likely go across the island that we’ve used in the past for various purposes, but that’s where a lot of the damage was done after last year’s flood.
I really believe if the ice goes anywhere, it’s going to go that way and that part of the island will be given back to the river. I don’t see the basement being an issue and we’ve already started to rebuild that.
The snow is deep here, up to your thighs in some areas. If you look down eight and nine, the river has definitely widened after the flood.
Usually by the second or third week of February, you have a better idea of what will happen, but with this cold weather, it’s been different this year. Whenever I go down there, the ice is crackling and steaming.
There’s a lot of ice and a lot of snow on the property. The snow is a good thing, but people are going to have to realize it’s going to take time for it to go away.
We’d like to open the third week of April, but there is still a lot of snow. Mind you, that can melt quickly.
The other factor is that we’ve still got a lot of work to do after the flood. Our goal is to sod reclaimed areas that we already prepped.
Plus we’ve got bank stabilization going on and we’re going to have a lot of equipment down there, so I really don’t want a lot of people around until that’s done. They’re hoping to be done by mid-April. We’ve got construction going on and temporary facilities being built.
The good news is that the golf course went to bed in great shape, so we won’t have a tough time meeting our goals when it comes to the golf course itself.
We’re definitely on tight deadlines as far as facility rebuilds, but those are things that Mother Nature is going to affect and you just have to take it all in stride.