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Mudslide closes Oak Trail, affects Forest Hills golf holes

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A mudslide in Hixon Forest forced the closure of popular hiking spot, Oak Trail. 

According to La Crosse Parks and Recreation Superintendent Jay Odegaard, the mudslide happened about three weeks ago, but the parks department was recently informed about it after a hiker's discovery. The 600-foot mudslide adjacent from Bliss Road is the result of heavy rainfall, as problems like this one continue to plague the scenic route. 

"It's been gradually happening for years," Odegaard said. "Now we're looking at fixing the trail, and public works will decide on the road"

La Crosse Public Works did not comment on how this will affect Bliss Road, which as of right now remains open. Festival Foods Grandad Half-Marathon will also use Bliss road on May 7, according to plan.

Another place the mudslide and heavy rainfall is affecting is Forest Hills Golf Club. 

Sediment is reaching two fairways, threatening the new sod. After their recent $2 million dollar golf course restoration project, Forest Hills General Manager Keith Stoll is addressing the problem right away.

"Our goal is to slow the water down, the reason the sediment seems to be coming down is the speed of the water carries it with it so we are working with Wiscorps to look at rectifying the situation by building some ripple effects so that it's constantly slowing the water as it comes down," Stoll said.

Forest Hills is planning on taking early precautions to stop the sediment from damaging the new golf holes that will open in July. 

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