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Parts of Branson Evacuated, Branson Landing Service Road Flooding Closes Shops

The flash floods in Branson have many residents worriedabout how they are going to stay safe. Meanwhile some stores in the Branson Landing are closed due to the weather. KSMU’s Mike Donnelly reports.

Jerry Adams, spokesperson for the city of Branson, says that as the flooding gets worse in some parts of the city, authorities are taking action in making sure residents stay safe.

“We have a neighborhood right along the lake, Sunset Street, near one of our parks, Alexander Park, that has been evacuated, ” he said.

According to Adams, nearly all the people who have been evacuated have found refuge with family or friends, but in the case that someone has no place to stay, the Red Cross has stepped in to provide temporary help.

“There is a temporary shelter that has been set up by the Red Cross at the United Methodist Church on Highway 76, for people to go who have been displaced,” he said.

The Branson Landing was forced to close down some stores and restaurants for the time being due to the service road flooding. When water levels reach a certain point on the service road side of the Branson Landing, the propane tanks in the restaurants automatically shut off.

Melissa Hudson is the Assistant General Manager for the Branson Landing.

‘The restaurants on the east side of the property, Lake Taneycomo side, those are currently closed because they cannot operate without propane. However, Cantina Loredo is open with a limited menu, and all of the retail is open on [the] property, and restaurants on the west side of the property are fully open and operating,” she said.

Hudson says she thinks that by Tuesday, most of the closed restaurants will be open and fully operational.

For KSMU News, I’m Mike Donnelly.