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Cleanup Underway After Two Area Parks Were Damaged By Floodwaters On Wednesday

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The campgrounds at Roaring River State Park near Cassville, MO are temporarily closed due to damage from flood waters on Wednesday.  The Missouri Department of Natural Resources said they could open back up as early as Sunday.

The Missouri Department of Conservation is allowing fishing, although angler access may be restricted in some areas as cleanup continues.

The park’s campground and fishing areas were evacuated April 28 after heavy rains caused severe flash flooding on Roaring River and area waterways, according to MDC.  It was the first time that floodwaters reached the park’s office.  There was minimal loss of trout due to recent improvements at the Roaring River Hatchery, it said.

Volunteers are needed to help with cleanup.  Park officials said on their Facebook page anyone who would like to help should contact the park office at 417-847-2539.

Another popular site for hiking, horseback riding and target shooting has been damaged by floodwaters.

Parts of the Busiek State Forest and Wildlife Area in Christian County are closed for repairs after surging water levels in Camp Creek and Woods Fork caused what the Missouri Department of Conservation is calling “significant damage.”

The bridge to the unmanned shooting range has been washed away, and parts of the shooting range, the parking lot, the area’s camping sites and the road that leads to the shooting range were also damaged.

The shooting range and the area’s camping sites are temporarily closed.  Busiek’s main parking lot and the area’s hiking trails remain open.  But, according to MDC, accessibility to some trails and parking spots may have been affected by flooding.

Michele Skalicky has worked at KSMU since the station occupied the old white house at National and Grand. She enjoys working on both the announcing side and in news and has been the recipient of statewide and national awards for news reporting. She likes to tell stories that make a difference. Michele enjoys outdoor activities, including hiking, camping and leisurely kayaking.