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Flooded golf course plan of action

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WEST RICHLAND, Wash.—The West Richland Golf Course is flooded from the Yakima River for the second time this year.

For now, the owner, Michelle Marcum, says they have a number of pumps they use to get the water off the course.  They were purchased years ago because of the flooding.  Marcum says it is a financial burden but as of now it's their main option.  She also says the area used to be an alfalfa farm, and when the golf course was built, workers didn't expect this much flooding.

The first overflow hit the golf course in 1991, and ever since then the amount and timing of the water has varied, making it difficult to prepare.

"The only way that we could get anything done to prevent this from happening would be to put up dikes around the golf course, and at this time we're not legally able to do that," says Michelle Marcum, Golf Course Owner.

Marcum says they had planned to start pumping Monday, but the flooding got higher in some areas overnight.  Now they hope to begin work Tuesday morning and open part of the golf course by this weekend.