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Constant rain in East Texas plays havoc with school field trips, golf tournaments

The Lake Nacogdoches fishing pier was full with McMichael 8th graders.  (Source: KTRE Staff) The Lake Nacogdoches fishing pier was full with McMichael 8th graders. (Source: KTRE Staff)
Game Warden Randy Stovall says it’s a good idea to reschedule events, particularly those around the water, when bad weather approaches. (Source: KTRE Staff) Game Warden Randy Stovall says it’s a good idea to reschedule events, particularly those around the water, when bad weather approaches. (Source: KTRE Staff)
Piney Woods Country Club is losing business because the course is wet and soggy. Two bridges are out. (Source: KTRE Staff) Piney Woods Country Club is losing business because the course is wet and soggy. Two bridges are out. (Source: KTRE Staff)
Solid Foundation will reschedule this weekend’s charity golf tournament until the course dries out.  (Source: KTRE Staff) Solid Foundation will reschedule this weekend’s charity golf tournament until the course dries out. (Source: KTRE Staff)
NACOGDOCHES, TX (KTRE) -

Postponements and cancellations of special events have become as common as 10-day rain forecasts. Changed plans are certainly not as serious as what some Texans are experiencing.

However, the inconveniences are all relevant to the situation.

The Lake Nacogdoches fishing pier held excited McMichael Middle School eighth graders anxious to wet a line. Previous excursions became a tangled mess due to bad weather.

"We've been working on this field trip for almost a month and a half now,” said Marilyn Driskill, a science teacher at McMichael.

"It rained us out, every single time,” said Dylan Wade Fuller, a student at McMichael.

"The last time we canceled we had to go back into the classroom all day, and we weren't prepared for that,” said Laura Shee, a math teacher at McMichael.

In between baiting hooks, Game Warden Randy Stovall said it's smart to change plans during bad weather, particularly for activities around the water.

“A lot of the boat ramps are closed and a lot of the river access with the swift waters is very dangerous right now,” Stovall said. “There you go."

It's difficult to depend on the weather, but McMichael Middle School now knows it can count on two Nacogdoches businesses to help out. Thanks to Walmart discounts, Austin Bank and Al's Drywall donated 30 fishing rods and reels for today's fishing field trip.

The water hazards found at Piney Woods Country Club are unintentional obstacles.

"Last year we had three inches in May total,” said Rusty Jenkins, the general manager of the Piney Woods Country Club. “This year we have 17 inches in the month of May alone. And it's not over yet.”

May's rainfall is equivalent to what Piney Woods got for all of last year. So far this year rain totals are just under 40 inches.

"We've actually got bridges out, so we have partial front 9 closed, and we're having to play the back 9 twice,” Jenkins said. People are just not coming out.">

Club member and Solid Foundation chair Jim Boiles called the shot to cancel this weekend's charity golf tournament.

"We may have it toward the end of June,” Boiles said. “Maybe the early part of July, but we'll go ahead with the tournament.”

Postponed field trips and tournaments are an inconvenience, but it's nothing like what others are going through. Planners say they're sensitive to the loss of property and lives during the recent flooding.

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