Post-Flood Assessments in Mo. Campgrounds
Floodwaters caused Roaring River State Park in southern Missouri to evacuate campgrounds within the park the morning of Aug. 8.
Despite damage to personal property and the park itself, no injuries were reported, Gena Terlizzi, communications director for Missouri Department of Natural Resources, told the Monett Times.
Shelley Reed, of Vinita, Okla., had been camping with her husband and three children for almost a week in the state park the morning of the flooding.
"The camp host came about 2:30 a.m. and warned us that we might have to evacuate," Reed said. "Looking back in hindsight, we wish we would have packed up then."
Several campers managed to evacuate with all their belongings, tents and or campers. However, some were less fortunate. After the waters began to subside on Aug. 8, tents could be seen wrapped around trees, some popup campers remained among flood debris and one vehicle was still partially under water.
"Cleanup efforts are underway." Terlizzi said. "At this time the majority of the damage appears to be in and around campgrounds two and three. "
Terlizzi explained total estimates of the financial damages from the flood are still being assessed.
Additionally, Brian Canady, fisheries field operations chief with the Missouri Department of Conservation, said that while no fish were lost from the hatchery, the stream population would require some work.
"We are currently waiting for the floodwaters to dissipate so that we can continue our post-flood assessments of the streams and hatchery." Canady said. "We take a pretty thorough assessment that includes the effects of flooding on growth rates, hatchery conditions and public safety."
Data collected by the United State Geological Survey reported at 8:40 a.m. on Aug. 8 the gauge height for Roaring River was 7.70 ft. with a stream rate of 5,900 cubic feet per second. When compared to the last measurements of 0.97 ft. and a stream rate of 91.4 cubic feet per second taken on June 5, the scale of the flooding can be seen.
While parts of campground one opened Aug. 9 the remainder of campground one as well as campgrounds two and three are expected to be closed until Aug. 16, according to Terlizzi.
Updates concerning closings at Roaring River State Park can be found on the advisories tab of their website at mostateparks.com/park/roaring-river-state-park.