December
31

Taney County Flood Clean-Up Resources

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As flood waters recede across the area Emergency Managers in Taney County including the Cities of Branson and Hollister are working together to coordinate volunteer resources to assist area residents with flood clean-up.
Citizens and businesses desiring to offer resources such as man power and cleaning supplies may call (417) 337-8584 to register. Residents needing supplies or volunteer assistance may also call the same number to request help. This number will be staffed the remainder of today and through 4 p.m. on Friday, January 1.
“We have taken a lot of phone calls from people offering time and resources to help with flood clean-up. With the long holiday weekend and decent weather for the next several days, we are taking this opportunity to help coordinate these volunteer resources,” stated Taney County Emergency Management Director Chris Berndt.
As flood waters recede residents will be able to enter their homes and assess clean-up needs. “We would like for the residents across the county to have one number to call to see what resources might be available to help with clean-up,” stated Branson’s Fire Chief and Emergency Management Director Ted Martin.
Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) members will also be visible through the neighborhoods on Friday from 9 a.m. till noon checking on residents and assessing any needs they might have regarding flood clean-up.
“We understand that most of the residents have been through this before, many of them with established action plans for clean-up,” added Martin. “As we have taken several calls offering assistance, we simply wanted to make sure the resources were made available our residents across the Taney County communities.”

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December
30

BRANSON FLOODING UPDATE 12/30/15

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Flooding conditions have stabilized in the residential and commercial areas along Lake Taneycomo in Branson. The Corp of Engineers has notified the City they expect to lower the gates at 5:00 p.m. today reducing flows from an estimated 72,645 cubic feet per second to 47,000.
“We are hopeful this change will allow the water on Lake Taneycomo to recede to a level allowing water to evacuate from homes and city streets that have been closed,” stated Fire Chief Ted Martin. Several residential areas in the City including homes in the Lakewood Estates Subdivision and in the areas of Sunset and Alexander Parks near Canal Street remain evacuated due to impassable roads or flooded homes.
The shelter located at the Salvation Army Church operated in partnership with the American Red Cross will close at 5:00 p.m. tonight with staff on-call to re-open the shelter if necessary. The shelter is expected to be demobilized tomorrow. “The Salvation Army reports the remaining flood victims needing assistance have been placed in a local motel,” stated Chief Martin
The City’s Recycle Center re-opened today as the access road became accessible to the public. The City Parks including Stockstill, Sunset and Alexander will remain closed until further notice. The City Campground remains closed and Parks employees will open spaces as water recedes and areas can be made ready for campers. The Branson Community Center and Senior Center will make a decision Thursday morning if they will open to provide services including the lunch meal program for seniors.
A reception center has been opened at the Faith Lutheran Church located at 221 Malone Street near the Lakewood Estates Subdivision. “This site has been established as central point of contact for city services and to learn more about resources such as electrical service restoration and water restoration companies for flooded homes,” stated Martin. The reception center will be open until 6:00 p.m. today and on Thursday from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

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December
30

CITY OF BRANSON OPENS RECEPTION CENTER

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The City of Branson will open a Reception Center for flood victims in the City as a central location for information regarding current flooding status and to report any needs of the citizens. The Reception Center will be located at Faith Lutheran Church located at 221 Malone Street, located adjacent to the Lakewood Subdivision.
“We have been taking a lot of phone calls from our residents inquiring about lake levels, how to restore power to their homes, and when they might be able to return home,” stated Branson’s Fire Chief and Emergency Management Director.
Residents will be able to use the Reception Center as a central point of contact to gather this information and to report damages to their homes. The Reception Center will be open today from 2:00 — 6:00 p.m. and again on Thursday from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Residents may enter the church at the main entrance located on the west side of the building where they will be greeted by volunteer staff and be able to report needs or obtain information regarding the flooding.

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December
29

Branson Flooding Update [edited]

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Flooding conditions have stabilized in the residential and commercial areas along Lake Taneycomo in Branson. Resources have been allocated through the City’s Emergency Operations center for barricading flooded streets and establishing a shelter for residents displaced from their home.
“Tablerock Dam is currently flowing just over 67,000 cubic feet per second from the flood gates and generators,” stated Branson Fire Chief Ted Martin. The lake level as of noon on Tuesday is 932.6 and the Corp of Engineers expects Tablerock to crest at 933.5. “The Corp of Engineers has shared with us as weather conditions improve they expect to reduce releases from the dam and thus improve conditions downstream on Lake Taneycomo to the homes, businesses and streets affected by flooding,” stated Chief Martin.
Flooded streets in the Lakewood Subdivision caused residents from 53 duplexes to evacuate their homes. “The streets in this subdivision are privately owned within the subdivision,” stated Chief Martin. Approximately 120 single family residences from Parnell Drive upstream to Pointe Royale have been affected by water rising in the neighborhoods. “Most of these homes are not accessible due to high water, have water up to the house, water in crawl spaces and some with water in basements.” Several of these areas have had electrical services cut off by Empire District Electric Company to reduce risk and impact to the utility infrastructure.
Several City streets remain closed including Lake Drive, Hawthorn, Sunset Road, and the northern portion of Parnell Drive. These streets have been closed and residents are encouraged to avoid these streets due to high water, some water flow may be swift moving and dangerous.
A shelter continues to operate at the Salvation Army Church located at 1114 Stanley Street. The shelter is being supported by the Red Cross in partnership with the Salvation Army. Residents in the Branson area that have been displaced from their homes due to flooding may use the shelter. The contact for the shelter operations is Salvation Army volunteer Janetta Shoopman at (417) 213-1094.
City facilities have also been impacted by the flood waters. The Branson Community Center is closed and has caused Senior Center activities including meals to not be prepared. The Recycle Center is also closed and residents may use alternative resources including portable recycle trailers located at the Methodist Church and Tantone Recycling. City Parks are closed including Stockstill, Alexander, and Sunset. Several sanitary sewer lift stations are operating on generator power due to high water and the lift station serving the Sunset Park area has been turned off. Utilities crews are pumping waste water and hauling by truck from the affected areas.
The Branson community continues to be open for business. “Most of the flooding affects residential homes with some commercial impacts along the Branson Landing Development,” added Martin. The Branson Landing has a phased program to secure infrastructure as the water rises. All of the businesses at Branson Landing were open for business on Tuesday according to mall management. The affected area is a narrow path along Lake Taneycomo.
Mayor Karen Best complimented the services provided by City staff operating the Emergency Operations Center located at Fire Station #1 and crews working in the field to provide services to the residents. “We have a lot of residents in these homes that have voluntarily evacuated for their safety,” stated Mayor Best. “I’m currently displaced from my home due to high water and am thankful city staff are monitoring flood conditions, communicating with the Corp of Engineers, and doing everything possible to keep our residents and visitors safe.”
City staff will work to keep current road closures and information pertaining to the flooding on the city web site at www.bransonmo.gov. Branson Emergency Management may be contacted at (417) 337-8584 or by emailing BransonEMA@bransonmo.gov.

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December
21

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MoDOT is performing its second 24 hour closing of the Kimberling City Bridge this week.

From 7 a.m. on Tuesday, December 22, to 7 a.m. on Wednesday, December 23, both lanes of the bridge will be closed to allow contractor crews to continue with repairs to the overhead steel truss structure on the bridge.

During the closing no traffic will be allowed across the bridge. Drivers will have to use Route 86, Route 65, Route 76, Route 248 and other state routes in the area to get around the bridge closing.

The bridge closing will be postponed to begin in the early morning hours of Thursday, December 24th, or the week between Christmas and New Year’s if rain or snow prevents the closing.

MoDOT reports there will be at least two more 24 hour closings of the bridge prior to its completion on Memorial Day in May 2016.

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December
7

BRANSON, Mo. –Branson’s 67th Annual Adoration Celebration and Parade took place on Sunday, December 6, 2015 in Downtown Branson. Thirty-One community organizations/businesses along with seventeen high school marching bands made their way down South Sycamore Street in Downtown Branson and proceeded on Main Street to the Branson Landing Boulevard past the Adoration Parade Grandstands to the Belk parking lot and across the Branson Landing boardwalk to perform in front of the crowd at the Branson Landing fountains.

We would like to thank our band judges John Casebourn, Bob Smither and Jim Lanning for judging our seventeen bands and our float judges Bruce Gerlock, Rex Wood and Robert Sindorf for judging our thirty one floats.

The winners of Branson’s 67th Annual Adoration Celebration and Parade’s band competition are:

Class 2A: First Place – Riverton High School, Riverton, KS

Second Place – Ash Grove High School, Ash Grove, MO

Third Place – Billings RIV Schools, Billings, MO

Class 3A: First Place – Hollister High School, Hollister, MO

Second Place – Columbus Unified High School, Columbus, KS

Third Place – Forsyth High School, Forsyth, MO

Class 4A: First Place – Reeds Spring High School, Reeds Spring, MO

Class 5A: First Place – Joplin High School, Joplin, MO

Exhibition: Branson High School, Branson, MO

Branson Junior High School, Branson, MO

Central High School – Kiltie Drum & Bugle Corps, Springfield, MO

Parkview High School – Parkview Lassies Drum & Bugle Corps, Springfield, MO

The winners of Branson’s 67th Annual Adoration Celebration and Parade’s float competition are:

Non-Profit Organization: First Place – Faith Lutheran Church

Second Place – First Baptist Church Branson

Third Place – Faith Full Gospel Church

For Profit Business or Organization: First Place – Sight & Sound Theatres

Second Place – White River Valley Electric Cooperative

Third Place – Arvest Bank

The Spirit of Christmas Adoration Award is awarded by the Adoration Parade committee to the organization that exemplifies the true spirit of the Adoration Celebration. This year’s winner of the Spirit of Christmas Adoration Award is Myer Hotels.

The Adoration Parade Committee would like to thank the community for their support in continuing the tradition of celebrating the true meaning of Christmas and Keeping Christ in Christmas for over 67 years. We look forward to seeing you next year on Sunday, December 4, 2016 for Branson’s 68th Annual Adoration Celebration and Parade.

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December
1

Christmas Bash

First Baptist Branson and Feed the Children are partnering together to help families and individuals during Branson’s 6th annual Christmas BASH to be held on Saturday, December 5th beginning at 10 a.m. The BASH will be held indoors at the First Baptist Church Life Center — 400 S. Sunshine — Branson. No identification is required. Groceries will be distributed on a first-come, first-served basis while supplies last. Each family will receive their food card as they check in and that allows them to enjoy themselves knowing the card guarantees their getting food.

The goal of the December 5th Christmas Bash is to reach out to children and families by meeting some of their most basic needs. The boxes of free groceries will be distributed along with free medical & eye screenings, inflatables for kids, games with prizes, crafts for kids, popcorn, candy bags for kids and it’s all FREE and all indoors in the FBC Life Center. Penmac will have a table to find out about local jobs. Jesus Was Homeless has a program called; JOBS FOR LIFE and their representative will be there. Over 150 volunteers from First Baptist and other ministries will come together to make a difference in their community that day. Other BASH sponsors include the Branson Tri-Lakes Newspaper, Branson Daily Independent & the Taney County Times Newspapers, KRZK FM 106.3, The Z @ 102.9,KOMC FM 100.1 & AM 1220 and KLFC FM 88.1, SuddenLink & the Ozark Mountain Christmas Lights & Village.

According to Terry Brown, BASH Coordinator, “This is an exciting opportunity for Taney & Stone County residents who can use some extra hope for Christmas. All guests at the BASH will be greeted with open arms and will be given nourishment for both their body and soul. Everyone who comes is our ‘honored guest’ and we will do everything we can to make a difference in their life.”

“We are privileged to partner with ‘Feed The Children’ for this annual Christmas Bash event”, Brown said. Feed The Children is a nonprofit organization that provides food all over the nation. The preparation for the event begins with the volunteers unloading the full Feed the Children semi-truck of thousands of pounds of groceries. Anyone from Taney or Stone County is welcome!

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December
1

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The Kimberling City bridge which carries Route 13 traffic over Table Rock Lake will CLOSE for 24 hours beginning at 7 am on Tuesday December 8, and lasting until 7 am Wednesday, December 9, the Missouri Department of Transportation said.

During the closing, NO TRAFFIC will be allowed across the bridge.

Drivers will have to use Route 86 , Route 65, and other state routes in the area to get around the bridge closing.

MoDOT is working with emergency responders to develop plans to reduce response times during the major traffic restriction.

During the closing, contractor crews will make repairs to the overhead steel trusses on the bridge. NO TRAFFIC can be on the bridge other than the work vehicles needed to complete the repairs.

The work is part of a larger project to make major repairs to the Kimberling City bridge. Total cost of the project is $10 million. The project is set for completion prior to Memorial Day in May 2016.

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