Surging water levels at Cooper's Landing postponed clean up efforts

Surging water levels at Cooper’s Landing, shown here in a Monday photo from the venue’s Facebook page, has postponed cleanup efforts. On Saturday, the business was only accessible by boat.

Workers and volunteers began cleaning up Cooper’s Landing on Saturday after recent flooding forced the business to close down its campground, marina and restaurant.

Route N that leads to Cooper’s Landing is closed and access is cut off through the weekend because of high water.

More than 4 feet of water has engulfed the land, bringing in mounds of sand, dirt and mud.

Volunteers were only able to access the area Saturday by truck and boat to begin the long cleanup process.

John Brady spent his day off volunteering to clean up the campground. He was surprised to see the extent of the damage.

“The damage is pretty incredible. There are many, many tons of sand hiding the damage that has been done to the roads and the riverbank,” Brady said.

Despite the extensive damage, Brady is hopeful Cooper’s Landing will be able to open again in just a few weeks if the river levels continue to recede.

The business posted Saturday on Facebook, postponing cleanup efforts because trails are too difficult to pass.

“We know many of you are anxious to help, but at this time entry is too difficult so we are asking that people wait until next week when the trail and/or road reopens,” the post read. “We want to make sure we don’t further damage the Katy Trail by driving on it.”

The business has received dozens of comments from people who are willing to donate supplies or volunteer to help with cleanup and rebuilding efforts.

  • Marcelle Peters is an Assistant City Editor. She will graduate with her master's degree in journalism at the University of Missouri in May 2020. marcellepeters@mail.missouri.edu

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