Nearly two weeks after flooding swept through the three county area, trash, tree limbs and other debris continues to litter the Lake of the Ozarks making the annual fall cleanup more important than anticipated.
In recent years, there has been a steady decline in the amount of trash picked up during the fall cleanup. That won't be the case this year with the recent rains and high water. The fall cleanup has traditionally been smaller than the spring event when hundreds of volunteers turn out to help clean the shoreline.
Ameren Missouri, who spearheads the cleanup efforts, is offering to help any group or individuals who are interested in cleaning up a specific area, cove of stretch of shoreline. Volunteers and Adopt-the-Shoreline groups are encouraged to get involved in the fall event.
"We had a very small spring cleanup due to weather and we have had the great flood of 2013. The flood washed in a ton of trash and it has relocated all of the trash that had not been removed last spring," Ameren Field Coordinator Brian Vance said. "We will start planning in September. Fall afternoon cleanups are great. We usually have good weather in the afternoon and it is always a beautiful time of the year to be on the water."
Vance said as the lake level lowers later this year, the trash that has washed out from the flooding will eventually end up back along the shoreline if it is not removed.