Missouri Opens State Parks to Flood Victims
Gov. Matt Blunt announced that he has instructed the Missouri Department of Natural Resources to waive camping fees for families displaced by the recent flooding.
"This flooding has been devastating for the citizens of Missouri and we want to do everything we can to assist them," said Gov. Blunt. "For those families who have been displaced by the flooding and who might wish to use one of our state's campgrounds we want to ensure that these citizens can camp free of charge."
According to the Kansas City InfoZine, the waiver applies to all Missouri residents who are victims of flooding statewide in designated state declared disaster counties for 2008. Camping will be allowed at both basic and electric campsites on a first-come, first-served basis if available. The waiver will apply for 15 days, after which time each situation will be re-evaluated to determine if the stay needs to be extended.
Missouri has 38 state parks and historic sites across the state that have campgrounds available. If campsites are not available in one campground, campers may need to move to a nearby campground that has sites available. Campers will need to bring their own camping equipment and other supplies.
"Our goal is to work with these displaced families to provide them with a place to stay while their homes are flooded. We will do all we reasonably can to assist," said Doyle Childers, department director.