Missouri River flooding closes one road to Cooper's Landing

Tuesday, June 28, 2011 | 4:18 p.m. CDT; updated 11:44 a.m. CDT, Sunday, July 24, 2011
The Missouri River spills over Easley River Road, south of Cooper's Landing, on Tuesday.

COLUMBIA — The rising level of the Missouri River might cause Cooper's Landing to close temporarily.

The river reached 26.1 feet Tuesday near Cooper's Landing, spilling over Easley River and Smith Hatchery roads.

As of Tuesday, Easley River Road was closed, leaving Smith Hatchery Road as the only way to access Cooper's Landing campground and entertainment venue by automobile.

Cooper’s Landing draws customers with its live music up to five nights a week, so multiple road closures would threaten business, owner Mike Cooper said.

“They’re thinking 28.7 (feet), but it’s probably not going to get that deep,” Cooper said about the potential river height.

Cooper said rising water levels and the likely closure of Smith Hatchery Road would probably cause him to cancel Wednesday's scheduled entertainment. Cooper said in a previous Missourian article that he usually closes Cooper's Landing when the river rises past 26 feet.

He said Cooper's Landing would remain open to serve Katy Trail and marina users.

The river is forecast to reach 27.7 feet by Friday, according to the Boonville gauge. That's a slight drop from the previous day's forecast. The river is also forecast to drop slightly the following week.

Cooper said he follows river and rain reports closely and will respond as necessary.

“If it’s a major flood coming from Kansas City taking two days to get here, it gives us time to prepare for it,” he said.

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