On the heels of about 1.7 inches of rain in Ames, Squaw Creek topped its banks Monday night, causing flooding to Veenker golf course, the Haber Road east field and, to a lesser extent, the intramural field east of the Lied Center. Facilities planning and management director Dave Miller said the university "dodged a bullet." Any additional rain Monday could have resulted in significant flooding on the east side of campus, he said.
Instead, he said the flood water rose and receded quickly, was not too deep and was considerably cleaner than typical flood water -- all of which contributed to minimal damage. The university's coal pile east of Haber Road took a hit, and grounds crews at Veenker are working hard to return the course to playable condition. Their goal is to reopen the golf course on Friday or Saturday. Photos by Bob Elbert.