Update: Missouri State Park Adds to Flood Toll
Two campgrounds at Roaring River State Park west of Branson in southwest Missouri have been closed as crews wait for flooding to subside so they can begin repairing damage, the Joplin Globe reported.
Earlier in the morning, rescue workers evacuated people stranded on flash flood islands created at campgrounds in adjacent McDonald County.
“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 awhile as we’re anticipating quite a bit of stream damage.”
Those repairs likely will start on Monday, depending on the weather. Park staff had been gearing up for an influx of a few thousand children and adults as the semi-annual Kids’ Fishing Day is slated for Aug. 17. Typically on those days, the campgrounds are full.
The upper part of the stream above Dry Hollow didn’t get as much rain, Spurgeon said, although about two feet of water was over the low-water bridges Thursday morning.