Flood Update as of 4:15 PM 5/1/17

FLOOD INFORMATION UPDATED AT 4:15 PM CT Monday 5/1/17

FLASH FLOOD WARNING for Branson and areas downstream of Lake Taneycomo in Southwestern Taney County until Noon Tuesday.

FLOOD WARNING for Stone and Taney Counties until 9:15 PM Monday
FLOOD WARNING for Barry County until 8:30 PM Tuesday

BRANSON/TANEY COUNTY-

Branson Emergency Operations Center is open. Their number is  417-243-2791.

Branson residents who experienced flooding in 2015, or who are within 1 block of areas that experienced flooding in 2015, have been encouraged to evacuate.

An evacuation center has been setup at United Methodist Church on West Highway 76.

Several area lodging facilities including Classic Motor Inn on Shepherd Of The Hills Expressway in Branson are offering discount lodging for displaced residents.
Portions of the parking areas, the fountain, and lower walkways at Branson Landing are flooded.

TCHD has Tetanus shot available at both Branson and Forsyth offices. No appointment needed. This is good for 8-10 years and important for anyone involved in flood cleanup.
Call 417-334-4544 or 417-546-4725 to check the status of your tetanus shot.

Fire Department personnel started damage surveys today to support the request for disaster declaration.

Today winds will be sustained at 15 miles per hour through this evening with gusts to 20 mph. This causes some concern of stability of trees in saturated soil, especially adjacent to the Lake.

More rainfall is forecast for late Tuesday and Wednesday. Officials are monitoring the situation closely.

The City of Branson has closed Stockstill Park due to flooding.  Waters from Roark Creek have washed mulch away from the playground,

damaged the asphalt walking path and ball field fences, and has deposited rock, gravel, limbs and other debris throughout the park.

The two ball fields and playground are closed, as well as the two larger pavilions adjacent to the ball fields.

All pavilion reservations scheduled at Stockstill will be moved to the Branson RecPlex.

The section of the Roark Creek Trail that passes through the park is also closed, including the walking bridge over the creek.

Stockstill Park is expected to remain closed for several weeks for cleanup and restoration which will begin when the threat of flooding has passed.

Several additional city parks are currently closed due to flooding. Branson officials have issued the following information about Branson Parks:
• Alexander Park has been closed due to high water in the park.
• North Beach Park (north of Branson Landing) has been closed due to high water in the park.
• The Dog Gardner Golf Course is closed due to high water.
• The Branson Community Center will be open limited hours to serve a lunchtime meal only.
• The Branson Lakeside RV Park has been closed and recovery efforts will begin as soon as water subsides.

Route 86 over Table Rock Lake at Long Creek is currently OPEN.

The high water level continues to affect the lower service road area of the Branson Landing,
the Branson Landing Fountains, the White River Fish House and Main Street Cruises, all of which are located along or on the Taneycomo waterfront.
All of the other Branson Landing businesses and restaurants are OPEN for business today.
Due to the weather conditions, the May 2nd Branson Farmer’s Market has been cancelled and the Scott Firefighter Combat Challenge has been rescheduled to June 9-10, 2017.

Branson Recycling Center is CLOSED and unable to process recyclables until further notice. This also applies to the 24/7 recycling trailers located at the United Methodist Church.

PLEASE DO NOT DROP YOUR RECYCLABLES at the fence line of the recycling center, and DO NOT bypass city barricades.

As an alternative, Tantone Industries will be accepting recyclables for Branson residents at 1629 Missouri 76, Branson, MO.

STONE COUNTY-

An evacuation center has been setup at the Old Middle School in Reeds Spring.

A Boil Order is in effect until further notice for Reeds Spring.

State Hwy 13 Kimberling City bridge is CLOSED.

State Highway 86 bridge at Dogwood Canyon is OPEN.

Hwy 413 South of Galena by Railey Creek Bridge and Camp Harlow has been reopened.

STATEWIDE-

Ozark County has a shelter open at the First Baptist Church in Gainesville

Heavy rains over the weekend still have more than 300 roads closed across the state. Currently Interstate 44 is closed between Rolla and Lebanon and is not expected to reopen until mid to late week.  Travelers need to make plans to find alternate routes around these closures for work and school commutes on Tuesday morning. Motorists should check Missouri’s Traveler Information Map at www.modot.org before traveling.

I-44 in St. Louis County is expected to close after evening rush on Monday and remain closed for the rest of week. The full interstate closure distance is from I-270 to Route 100. Only local traffic will be allowed westbound past I-270 to Bowles along with one eastbound lane of I-44 to Pacific, Eureka and Route 109.

Travelers headed across Missouri should avoid using I-44 due to the closures in St. Louis and between Rolla and Lebanon. Please use Interstate 70 between St. Louis and Kansas City and then use Interstate 435 to Interstate 49 to Joplin to reconnect to Interstate 44.

The following are some of the major routes that will be closed and affect Tuesday morning’s commute:

  • I-44 between Rolla and Lebanon
  • I-44 in St. Louis County will close overnight
  • Route 141 at I-44 in St. Louis County
  • Route 30/Gravois in St. Louis County at Meramec River will close overnight
  • Route 21/Tesson Ferry in St. Louis County at Meramec River will close overnight
  • Route 109 in Eureka in St. Louis County will close overnight
  • Route 63 near Vienna, between Rolla and Jefferson City
  • Route 50 at Mount Sterling in Gasconade County

 

Most of the major routes are not expected to reopen until late in the week due to rising waters on the major rivers. Updates will be provided to the public as major routes continue to close.
LAKE LEVEL UPDATES-

BEAVER LAKE UPDATE AS OF 4:00 PM

Current stage 1129.97 feet and steady/slowly falling

Normal level 1120.43 feet

Full flood pool 1130 feet

Beaver is releasing 56,000 CFS into Table Rock Lake

TABLE ROCK LAKE UPDATE AS OF 4:00 PM

Current stage 934.42 feet and steady/slowly falling
Normal level 915 feet
Full flood pool 931 feet

Record crest 935 feet

Table rock is steadily releasing 63,900 CFS into Lake Taneycomo with all 10 gates open to 4 ft.

In 2015, the dam released 72,500 CFS at its peak.

LAKE TANEYCOMO UPDATE – AS OF 4:15 PM THE LEVEL WAS 712.5 FT. AND STEADY at the Branson Lakeside RV Park adjacent to the Taneycomo Bridge, in downtown Branson.

– The Power Pool for Lake Taneycomo is 701.3 feet above sea level.
– The waterfront road in the Campground is at 703.8 (an tone will sound on this site, when the level reaches 703.8).
– The Branson Landing waterfront boardwalk is at 715 feet.
– The Branson Landing Boulevard approach to the new Taneycomo Bridge is at 722 feet.
– Branson Landing Boulevard at Main Street is at 730 feet.
– The decks of the Historic Taneycomo Bridge and of the Highway 65 Bridge to Hollister are both at 750 feet.
– The intersection of Main Street and Commercial Street is at 765 feet.