A Second Flood? You’ve Got To Be Kidding!!!!

On Tuesday, November 10, 2015, a month and 6 days after the devastating flood that rocked our world, Tommy Rayfield arrived at Murraywood at 9:00 a.m. to discover that the facility had flooded AGAIN! The hard courts were covered with mud, the shed was a wreck, and waterlines indicated that the floodwaters had been up 4 to 5 feet, almost level with Courts 7 & 8.

"Uh, oh," thought Tommy, as he opened the shed. "This isn't right."

“Uh, oh,” thought Tommy, as he opened the shed. “This isn’t right.”

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All of Sean and Anne’s new balls were ruined. The tractor was flooded. The brand new refrigerator was on its side, mud stained, possibly ruined.

Investigation revealed that the new flood had been about 5′ high on Court #1:

Sean is about 6' tall. The water mark on the windscreen is almost to his shoulder.

Sean is about 6′ tall. The water mark on the windscreen is almost to his shoulder.

Check out the other water marks:

3 to 4 feet high on the shed.

3 to 4 feet high on the shed.

Check out the water meter cover outside Courts 7 & 8:
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CleanUp Time

We already knew how to clean the hard courts the hard way. It took 20-30 volunteers two full days to get the mud off last time. This time, we called the Irmo Fire Department who had offered to help us out with fire hoses after the October flood. The City of Columbia was so overwhelmed at that time that we couldn’t obtain the necessary water meter to take advantage of the Fire Department’s generosity. This time, we got a meter from Aqua Pool Care (fantastic company!) and the Fire Department came out right away. Time to clean the courts!

Sean now has a backup career: Fireman!

Sean now has a backup career: Fireman!

Powerful!

Powerful!

Ronny Christie can be a fireman too!

Andrea Creighton and Jeannie Watson assist, but also had turns operating the big hose!

Andrea Creighton and Jeannie Watson assist, but also had turns operating the big hose!

Amazing!

Amazing!

So when is CSX going to fix the malfunctioning culverts that are causing us this woe? Can anyone help us? C’mon, CSX! DO THE RIGHT THING! FIX THE CULVERTS!

Rawls Creek Culvert