Flood Information for Missouri Travelers

Most Missouri vacation and travel sites are not affected by the Mississippi River flooding.

Mississippi

While I can’t speak to the flooding on the drive to the St. Louis metro area, once you arrive in St. Louis flooding will not impact tourist activities,” said Donna Andrews, Public Relations Director, St. Louis Convention & Visitors Commission

The Mississippi River is out of its banks and covering Lenora K. Sullivan Blvd. just below the Arch in downtown St. Louis, but there is no threat of flooding for the downtown area or the Arch. The Arch Grounds sit high above the river and welcome tourists daily.”

Attractions located in Forest Park are not impacted by flooding.  Meramec Caverns, which sits on the Meramec River, has even reported that it has not been impacted by the rising water.  Cave tours are still available to tourists.

However, The Gateway Arch Riverboat cruises are not sailing as the authentic paddle wheelers are riding out the high river levels.

Tips for St. Louis vacationers include:

· Plan your route to your final destination. If concerns arise regarding certain areas near highways, call the state’s Department of Transportation for insight. http://www.modot.mo.gov/

· The majority of St. Louis attractions have reported they are not impacted by the floods.

· If travelers would like to verify with specific attractions before traveling, we suggest contacting the attractions directly.  They will be happy to assist.

The Ozarks vacation destinations conclude that flooding has had little impact. Lynn Berry, Director of Public Relations in Branson, was quick to reply that Branson travelers don’t have to change plans. The high water damage seen on National television, is mainly in residential areas. The shops at Branson Landing , on the lakefront, are open and were affected only for a very short time.

Table Rock Dam

There was some concern about the Branson Lakes Area when two fishing tourneys were canceled. The Missouri water patrol has lifted all bans on watercraft on area lakes. Table Rock, Taneycomo and Bull Shoals are all open and ready for business.

Bulls Shoals and Table Rock Lake’s bass fishing are some of the best in the country. Lake Taneycomo is renowned for it’s world class rainbow and brown trout fishing.

Information about lake levels.

Keep up to date with Branson entertainment at ExploreBranson.com

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