Campus flooding is limited and brief

Veenker Golf Course

The eighth green at Veenker golf course is surrounded by water Tuesday morning.

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.

Haber Road lot

Grading alterations made around the new Haber Road parking lot helped accommodate flood water Tuesday from the adjacent Squaw Creek.

Lied Center field

About a third of the intramural field east of the Lied Center was covered in floodwater Tuesday, likely from both College Creek to the south and Squaw Creek to the east.