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Flood 2017 Timeline

        Everyone keeps calling this the 100 year flood. But in fact, this is beyond the 500 year flood plain. St Louis County and Wildwood will not let anyone build in the 100 year flood plain. We built the utility building 3’4” higher than the flood plain. In 2015 they raised the flood plain 6”; we were still well above that. Another flood this large-scale, this soon was unexpected by all affected and un-affected alike.
        The flood of 2015 ended up costing $75,000 in the end. This year, we were much better prepared and had much LESS loss due to early evacuation. We are still estimating around $41,000 in cost due to possible furnace and air-conditioning replacement; steel repair in arena, new steel walls (as opposed to drywall, now expecting flooding in the future), new insulation, paint, electric, septic, damaged granite tops, fan repairs, other materials, treatments and inspections.


May 17th

Place activities back along outside trail, rake outer arena, start deep cleaning SCRUB of office floors.

May 11th-16th

Working on getting appropriate paperwork, permits and inspections for the “ok” to start construction.

May 10th

A group of volunteers from Liberty Mutual spent the day at Wildwood and stained the entire outdoor arena, removed debris from the fields, trail and fence line, and cleared out all of the old, soaked hay surrounding both hay troughs

May 5th, 6th & 7th

Donated [for use] generator, industrial fans and dehumidifiers are placed to start the dry-out.
Volunteers, armed with personal tools and gadgets, gathered to demolition the buildings, toss out the losses and to deep clean all building walls, floors, rails as well as ALL salvageable objects that ended up under the dirty waters

May 4th

Water started to recede and revealed a wet, muddy, potentially polluted facility

May 2nd

Wildwood location flooded – The Meramec River had not crested yet

April 29th

EATherapy Wildwood location animals are evacuated; Supplies, furniture and equipment are loaded into a moving truck and moved to higher ground in preparation for the predicted flood