Branson City Campground in ‘Floodwater Path’
The city of Branson, Mo., campground sits right on the shore of Lake Taneycomo, so Director of Parks and Recreation Cindy Shook is concerned about the forecast of heavy rain.
“We’re always going to experience that threat of high water. We’re on alert, we’re watching the weather,” she said.
Eight inches of rain fell in Branson Wednesday night (Aug. 7), Ozarksfirst.com reported.
Camper Dale Sikkenga witnessed the storm.
“I heard it was just pouring, thunder, lightning, it just came down in buckets,” he said.
But he wasn’t concerned about his safety or having to move his RV because of the comprehensive emergency plan at the park.
“They said be prepared, you know, if you have to move they’ll give us plenty of time,” Sikkenga said.
“It’s our manager on duty’s responsibility to stay on top of our lake levels, so if that means he has to stay up all night, he’ll stay up all night,” Shook said.
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Elsewhere, earlier Thursday, rescue workers evacuated people stranded on flash-flood islands created at campgrounds in McDonald County, located west of Branson. Virtually every creek-side campground in the county was closed Thursday after being evacuated, the Joplin Globe reported.
Two campgrounds at Roaring River State Park, near Cassville, were closed as crews waited for flooding to subside so they could begin repairing damage.
“The park received a massive flood in the lower end last night,” said hatchery manager Paul Spurgeon. “From Dry Hollow on down, we got a lot of rain. Campgrounds 2 and 3 will be closed for a while as we’re anticipating quite a bit of stream damage.”
Those repairs likely will start on Monday, depending on the weather. The park staff had been gearing up for an influx of a few thousand children and adults for the semiannual Kids’ Fishing Day slated for Aug. 17. Typically on those days, the campgrounds are full.
About 15 people had to be evacuated from an island campground at Noel.