SUNSET HILLS, Mo. — The Mud Day Event scheduled for Saturday, June 27, has been cancelled because of projected flooding of the Meramec River. The event was organized by the Missouri Department of Conservation's (MDC) Powder Valley Nature Center and the City of Sunset Hills.
The event location, the Sunset Hills Athletic Fields at 13555 West Watson Road, lies just east of the Meramec River. Recent heavy rains have caused the river to rise to above normal levels. According to the National Weather Service, flood stage for the Meramec River is designated at 16 feet as measured at the nearby Valley Park gauge. As of June 17, the gauge read 14.34 feet, with a crest projected of 26.8 feet on June 21.
"We regret having to cancel Mud Day," said MDC Interpretive Center Manager Amy Wilkinson. "As much as we value opportunities to help people discover nature at events such as this, public safety always remains our top priority."
Wilkinson recommended MDC's St. Louis regional newsletter, Conservation Connections, as a resource to keep in touch with alternate Conservation events and programs. Subscribers can opt to receive the free monthly publication as an electronic file via email, or a printed copy through traditional mail. To subscribe, go to mdc.mo.gov/node/8933 .