The city of Arnold has canceled its Independence Day Celebration, which was scheduled for June 29 in Arnold City Park because of flooding that’s expected to stick around too long to get the park cleaned up for the event.
The celebration will not be rescheduled, according to a written statement the city released on Tuesday (June 4).
“It is a hard decision,” recreation supervisor Teresa Kohut said of the cancelation. “However, we always want to protect the residents. We also want to give them an opportunity to make other plans, so we wanted to do this in a timely manner. We also want to protect the park itself, and it is just not going to be able to be repaired in time.”
The park, which is off Jeffco Boulevard near the Meramec River, has been closed since May 3 because of flooding.
The Meramec River was projected to rise to 41.7 feet by about 1 p.m. Friday and remain at that level before cresting at about 7 a.m. Saturday, according to the National Weather Service’s website today (June 5).
The last time Arnold canceled its annual Fourth of July event was in 2016, when left the grassy parking area too muddy to use.
Because of the current rising waters in Arnold, the city has opened an Emergency Operations Center on May 30 to help residents deal with flooding from the Meramec River.
The center operates from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily and likely will remain open as long as floodwaters remain high enough to affect homes, Arnold City Administrator Bryan Richison said.
The center may be reached by calling 636-282-6678. Those who need to contact the center after 5 p.m. may call the Arnold Police Department at 636-296-3204.
In addition to Arnold City Park, the Arnold Golf Club, 1 Golfview Drive, also has seen flooding, and the majority of holes have been closed since the start of the month.
Flooding has kept the Arnold Farmers Market from operating at its regular home at the front of Arnold City Park this year, and that is expected to continue for several weeks, city officials reported.
The market, which is open from 8 a.m. to noon every Saturday through Oct. 19, is instead being held at the Arnold Recreation Center, 1695 Missouri State Road, where it has been held since it opened for the season May 4.