On a typical summer's day, "Big John" is normally pretty active, as he sits above Interstate 79 at his home on the Coal Country Miniature Golf course.
"If 'Big John' is turning, we're open. But if he's not turning, that's our usual sign that we're closed," said manager Cherie Coogle.
Unfortunately for business, it was the latter on Monday morning, in the aftermath of severe weather from over the weekend. Sunday's storm took its toll on both the golf course and its property, washing away a large part of the sign, so on Monday, it was all about cleanup for employees.
"Most of the damage that we have had done is to the mulch areas of our course. All of our mulch will have to be replaced, it's going to take man hours and a lot of maintenance and upkeep," said Coogle.
Other setbacks included the course's 18 holes being flooded with water and the parking lot.
"We just recently had our parking lot tarred and chipped, and it looks more like a gravel lot now because of the rain, water damage, and the way it ran through the course. There is nothing you can do to prepare for it," said Coogle.
In terms of Marion County as a whole, 911 officials said the storm damage could have been a lot worse.
"Anytime there's ever any type of storm like that, we always have extra people on hand and extra people on call. No excessive storm damage, but of course there were a few trees down and a few lines down here and there, but that's basically all there was," said communications officer Joe Masturzo.
"Thank goodness we didn't have any major damage. With us being an outdoor business, there's a lot of things you have to take into concern, and it's just keeping that constant eye on the business during the storms, even when you're not open, making sure everything up here is still okay," said Coogle.
Coal Country is hoping to reopen on Tuesday, weather-permitting.
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