Torrential Rainfall Closing 9 Mo. Campgrounds
Mark Twain National Forest has temporarily closed campgrounds in south-central Missouri due to Tuesday's (Aug. 6) flash flooding, KY3-TV, Springfield, reported.
Campgrounds currently temporarily closed include:
- Lane Spring Recreation Area off Highway 63 south, Phelps County.
- Paddy Creek Wilderness Campground, Texas County.
- East Gate, Pulaski County.
- Stone Mill Spring, Pulaski County.
- Mill Creek, Newburg, Phelps County.
- North Fork Recreation Area, Ozark County.
- Noblett Recreation Area, Douglas County.
- Float Camp and Deer Leap Recreation Areas, Ripley County.
- Watercress Recreation Area, Carter County.
According to the National Weather Service, Springfield, between 10 inches and 14 inches of rain fell between Aug. 2 and today in south central Missouri.
More rain and moderate to major flooding is in the forecast through the weekend.
Gasconade River at Jerome at 12:45 p.m. today was below 32 feet and expected to continue to rise. Flood stage for the Gasconade River is 15 feet.
Big Piney River at Fort Leonard Wood at 11 a.m. was at 21 feet, 8 feet above flood stage and should begin to recede.
Current River is expected to crest around midnight tonight.
Forest visitors are advised not to drive across flooded roads and bridges. Low water bridges throughout the forest may be flooded and inaccessible.
Please follow detours that may also be set up to keep travelers from flooded areas.
If visitors have plans to camp near rivers or streams, even if the area has not had rain, please take extra precautions because there may be incoming, and residual flooding.
No boating or floating is recommended on rapidly-rising rivers, or those rivers in flood stage.
Mark Twain National Forest is the largest public land manager in Missouri with 1.5 million acres in 29 counties in southern and central Missouri. Mark Twain National Forest is managed to restore Missouri’s natural communities and maintain a healthy, working forest. Visit Mark Twain National Forest’s website at http://www.fs.usda.gov/mtnf for more information.