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 Lake Taneycomo in Branson

A view of the Branson City Campground is located on the far shore to the left of the bridge. Photo courtesy of Wikipedia.

The city of Branson, Mo., campground sits right on the shore of Lake Taneycomo, so Director of Parks and Recreation Cindy Shook is concerned about the forecast of heavy rain.

“We’re always going to experience that threat of high water. We’re on alert, we’re watching the weather,” she said.
Eight inches of rain fell in Branson Wednesday night (Aug. 7), reported.
Camper Dale Sikkenga witnessed the storm.

“I heard it was just pouring, thunder, lightning, it just came down in buckets,” he said.
But he wasn’t concerned about his safety or having to move his RV because of the comprehensive emergency plan at the park.

“They said be prepared, you know, if you have to move they’ll give us plenty of time,” Sikkenga said.
“It’s our manager on duty’s responsibility to stay on top of our lake levels, so if that means he has to stay up all night, he’ll stay up all night,” Shook said.

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rain cloud graphicTwo campgrounds at Roaring River State Park west of Branson in southwest Missouri have been closed as crews wait for flooding to subside so they can begin repairing damage.

Earlier in the morning, rescue workers evacuated people stranded on flash flood islands created at campgrounds in adjacent McDonald County.

“The park received a massive flood in the lower end last night,” said Hatchery Manager Paul Spurgeon. “From Dry Hollow on down, we got a lot of rain. Campgrounds 2 and 3 will be closed for awhile as we’re anticipating quite a bit of stream damage.”

Those repairs likely will start on Monday, depending on the weather. Park staff had been gearing up for an influx of a few thousand children and adults as the semi-annual Kids’ Fishing Day is slated for Aug. 17. Typically on those days, the campgrounds are full.
The upper part of the stream above Dry Hollow didn’t get as much rain, Spurgeon said, although about two feet of water was over the low-water bridges Thursday morning.

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KOA Work Kamper LogoKampgrounds of America Inc. (KOA) will be hosting a Work Kamper Boot Camp March 20 from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. at the Branson, Mo., KOA Campground. The event is open to both current members of KOA’s Work Kamper Program, as well as those not yet members who may be considering the Work Kamping lifestyle, according to a news release.

The all-day session is intended to both add expertise in KOA systems and practices for current KOA Work Kampers, and introduce potential Work Kampers to this career. Along with having the ability to network with fellow KOA Work Kampers, those attending Boot Camp will receive the valued “KOA Boot Camp Graduate” icon on their Work At KOA website resume; take advantage of one-on-one training to help use the Work At KOA resume website; and also get help finding a job for next season at the KOA Work Kamper Virtual Job Fair.

The Branson, Mo., KOA, site of the March 20 Work Kamper Boot Camp.

The Work Kamper Boot Camp is free to current members of the KOA Work Kamper Program. Non-members will be charged a $20 per person fee. The Branson KOA Campground is offering free nights of camping to those who attend the full day of Work Kamper training. A free lunch will also be provided.

Current KOA Work Kamper Program members can register by signing on to the website. Non-members can register by emailing Shari Scribner at Space is limited.

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