Guest Author - Letta Meinen
These pictures show just what a devastating flood can do to a beautiful quite little creek at the Mill Creek Golf Club in Salado, Texas. I always felt this first serene little snap shot I took best demonstrated the unique beauty of this golf course. Then came the September 8, 2010 deluge of 13 inches of rain from Hurricane Hermanie and it turned this seemingly small stream into the roaring wall of water that tore a path of destruction that destroyed many golf holes of our 27 hole golf course.
These two pictures were taken from the same place on a bridge to our Number 1 and 10 tee boxes. The flood took out that island of trees and left the creek full of these rocks. We have a large number of rock quarries in the area that carried all this rock and deposited it in our lovely little meandering Salado Creek. As of February no answers yet as to when or how all that rock will be removed and the creek can return to its normal flow. It should be removed sometime before the next heavy rains this spring or it will be more flooding again. No one wants to come up with the answer as to who is responsible for the out pouring of rocks that caused so much damage.
It is always so amazing what walls of water can do. Salado has had so many floods and each time it gets higher and causes more and more damage. We can also be thankful that no death injuries happened because of our alert police and fire rescue department. This happened in the middle of the night so they had to awaken many of the families who lived in the rising waters of the flood path.
We are thankful for our staff and course management workers for their quick work to clear areas of debris from the area hit hardest. Eighteen holes of play was designed out of 27so our members can still play a full round of golf. It still amazes one as to how much damage a wall of fast moving flood water can produce. It will take some time for new growth in the coming years once the solution can be found to control this peaceful little stream. The one thing that made Mill Creek so unique was the scenery and the beautiful meandering Salado Creek. I still love living on this golf course and it will return to its natural beauty in time.