FLORIDA – A golf course in a southern Florida town was shut down by a storm surge Tuesday night, a development that was greeted with mixed reactions from residents.
The Sarasota Herald-Tribune reports that the National Weather Service closed the Pinellas County Golf Club, a resort that serves about 800 residents, as a precaution after the storm surge caused water to surge and flooding.
“It was the worst possible thing that could have happened,” said neighbor Lisa Miller.
Miller said the golf course was in the process of installing a deck and a ramp.
Floodwaters flooded the club’s golf course at the beginning of the storm.
As of 8:30 p.m.
Tuesday, it was still closed to golfers.
A spokeswoman for the county told the newspaper that it was the first time the club had been closed in years and that the water levels would be monitored.
Tens of thousands of people were in shelters Tuesday and at least three people were reported missing after the heavy snow and flooding struck the region.
Florida Governor Rick Scott issued a statewide state of emergency for the state of Florida on Monday.
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