Day two of flooding cleanup continues at Cooper's Landing

Day two of flooding cleanup continues Wednesday at Cooper's Landing with a  focus on clearing sand and mud. General Manager Vanessa Leitza said she hopes to have Cooper's Landing fully operating by the beginning of August. 

Employees and volunteers with construction experience embarked on Day 2 of meticulous flooding cleanup at Cooper’s Landing after electricity and running water were restored Wednesday.

“Today we are focused with the tractors and excavators clearing mud out of the way so that cars can park,” General Manager Vanessa Leitza said.

Workers also worked to empty water-damaged materials from inside the store.

As the business undergoes extensive remodeling and landscaping, management asks that general volunteers wait for an announcement on the Cooper’s Landing Facebook page in the coming weeks.

“We’re trying to be very methodical with this because so much damage happened,” Letiza said. “Usually, a lot of volunteers just run in, and we can hose it out and get back to business. But we can’t do that this time.”

In addition to the mud, Mother Nature left nearly 3 feet of sand at the steps of the Cooper’s Landing store for workers to clear, volunteer Roger Helmka said.

“We love sand, but we’re giving it back to her,” he said.

Ellen Reed, a resident of Cooper’s Landing who was evacuated during flooding, revisited the campgrounds Wednesday to witness the cleanup process.

“It’s been really difficult to be displaced and then to watch this business get flooded,” Reed said.

Reed has a degree in music and said living at Cooper’s Landing “was like living backstage all the time.” She is most looking forward to the resurgence of live music and people when the business is back up and running.

“It’s not over. It was just an unfortunate setback,” she said.

Leitza said Cooper’s Landing hopes to partially open for beer, snacks and music by the week of July 1 and fully reopen by the beginning of August.

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