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Experts Remind Campers of Flood Risks After Evacuations At Roaring River Sunday

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Emily McTavish
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KSMU

Experts are reminding campers and hikers to be aware of rising waters and flash flood warnings after Roaring River State Park officials had to evacuate campers Sunday due to rising waters.

 

Evacuations at the campgrounds began around 9 a.m. Sunday from Roaring River’s Campgrounds Two and Three and the lower loop of Campground One.  Less than three hours later, waters had risen 3 feet out of the bank. 

The flood waters didn’t stick around long; they receded that afternoon.

Missouri State Parks spokeswoman Amy Poos told KSMU the campgrounds were back to normal by Monday evening, partially due to help from the Eagle Rock Fire Department.

“They helped out and volunteered with their fire hoses to help with the mud and soot removal of the campgrounds,” Poos said.

Campers returned to the sites beginning Monday afternoon.   

Before camping or hiking, it’s important to pay close attention to updated weather forecasts from the National Weather Service.  Also, Missouri State Parks keeps a list of closings, detours and safety alerts at https://mostateparks.com/advisories