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Heavy Rains Cause Sewer Main Break in Branson

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City of Branson
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Flooding in Branson overnight caused a sewer main pipe to fracture.  The city says utility crews are on the scene now and have restored sewer flow back into the 36-inch pipe, stopping sewage from entering a creek.

The pipe, which lies within Wildwood Creek in the Thousand Hills Subdivision area, fractured during storms last night, according to Branson Utilities director, Mike Ray.  He says about 75 percent of the volume of the main was discharged into the creek “for a few hours.”  He says the volume of water flowing through the creek “heavily diluted the spill.”

The city took the Cliff Drive Water Treatment Plant, downstream from the break, offline as a precaution.  The city’s other water treatment facility, the Meadow’s Water Treatment Plant, draws water from Lake Taneycomo upstream from the discharge from Cooper Creek, according to the city.

A statement from Branson says the city has been in communication with the Missouri Department of Natural Resources, which “is providing guidance for appropriate containment and cleanup.”

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Credit City of Branson
Flooding in Stockstill Park, Branson

Parts of Branson's Stockton Park are closed after Roark Creek spilled over its banks.  The two ballfields and playground are closed as well as the two large pavilions adjacent to the ballfields.  The section of the Roark Creek Trail that goes through the park is also closed.