MTNF and Spring Floods of 2017

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MTNF and Spring Floods of 2017

Postby Jim » Thu May 04, 2017 9:37 am

Pulled this from the OTA Facebook page.

We have been contacted by the Mark Twain National Forest in regards to the damage and destruction to the Ozark Trail due to the flooding conditions across the region where the OT traverses. Because of the impact this historic flooding is having on the OT, the possibility of funding to make needed repairs to the trail will be assessed from damage reports. Our OTA volunteers, trail adopters and users are our 'eyes' on the trail who can provide the needed information. The USFS are asking for photos, location on the OT and description of the damage. Information can be reported at the following link. Remember to use extreme caution while in the forests in the weeks ahead. #OzarkTrail #besafe
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Re: MTNF and Spring Floods of 2017

Postby Jim » Thu May 04, 2017 9:40 am

From the Scenic Riverways page -

READ ME FIRST --FAQ on Condition--- Temporary Pinned Post: May 3, 2017
Ozark National Scenic Riverways is currently closed. The Jacks Fork, Current, and Eleven Point Rivers are NOT suitable for floating until further notice. The rivers contain much debris, including cabin parts, trees and who knows what else. The local communities are devastated: at least one outfitter has lost business AND buildings, others have lodging destroyed. We will let you know when these rivers are again open for recreation.
We welcome current photos and posts with dates. Please don't repeat rumors; firsthand, direct or official communications are welcome.
Steve and I are in touch with a few people in the area. We know that Cross Country Trail Ride is requesting assistance. We are sure there are others. PLEASE CALL before you go anywhere to help, and have a destination which is expecting you. If you've never cleaned up after a flood: it is dirty, nasty work, requiring gloves, workboots, tough clothing and a current tetanus shot. These are small towns. Assistance is appreciated, but thousands of people descending without notice is not a good thing.
The Ozark Mountain Festival is on for Saturday in Eminence, amidst the debris, with proceeds to flood relief, but please check with lodging providers to see if they are open. CALL if you think you have lodging reservations before you come. Some places are in rough shape.
Telephone communications is still spotty and people are busy, so leaving short messages, if possible, are best.
Shannon County:
IF you want to volunteer contact the Shannon County Emergency Management Page here or via Please call Frannie Kavney 618-806-1676 for volunteers
or Patty Jones 636-524-9160 for supplies.
Donations to the Shannon County Disaster Relief Fund
vis smailmail:
P.O Box 237 Eminence mo 65466
Electronic donations instructions coming tomorrow.
To be used in-county. Any surplus will retained in-county for future use. ... cy-Managem…/…
Donations can be sent to
First Baptist Church. P.O. Box 336 Eminence MO 65466
Carter County: ... cation=ufi
or the Carter County (Van Buren) Emergency Management Agency.
PLEASE call or message these agencies first. Do NOT just head on down.
"Van Buren:
Van Buren Donations via Van Buren Youth: (authorized)
Mobile command center: "I work for the sheriff's office. We are currently working from a mobile command unit brought up from Sikeston as our buildings were destroyed. The regular phone number isn't working. The mobile unit we are in has phones that work. The number to call is 573-621-0192." ... ces-814266
Oregon County:
From Brian Sloss:
Most of the effort is in Thomasville right now. You can get a hold of Amanda Osbourne at the Oregon County Sheriff's Dept at 417-778-6611. Food and water and laundry soap are a priority. When the phones are up in Doniphan, you can call the forest service at 573-996-2153 to discuss river volunteers.
The Thomasville Relief Fund has been set up at the Alton Bank by the First Baptist Church of Thomasville to help families who have lost their homes due to flooding. Donations can be left at the Alton Bank or credit/debit card donations can be made by calling Alton Bank at 417-778-7211.
Alton Community Foundation/Thomasville Relief Fund
Tax-deductible donations to the Thomasville Relief Fund can be given to Diana Clary, Saundra Dorris, Brenda Ledgerwood or mail to:
Alton Community Foundation P.O. Box 261 Alton, MO 65606
Credit card donations designated to the Thomasville Relief Fund can be made by calling Community Foundation of the Ozarks at 417-864-6199. All funds collected will be distributed to families who lost their homes in the historic Thomasville flood. Every dollar will help!
West Plains Meals effort (nearest big town to Eleven Point River.)
Operation BBQ Text 41444 for donations. Text 51555 to
Ripley County:
The Ripley County Sheriff is Mike Barton. The law enforcement contact number is 996-7123. Both the sheriff's and the city police offices had to relocate to temporary locations; their offices flooded also. We have 4 branch banks in town. US Bank - 996-7151; People's Community State Bank - 996-2114; Southern Bank - 996-2166; Bank of Grandin - 996-2020. The USFS office is 996-2153. The Community Outreach Coordinator at South Central MO Community Action Agency is Erin Schrimsher, but she hasn't responded to my inquiry for information.
(These are 573 area codes.)
From Eminence Mayor Jim Anderson:
"Many regular Eminence visitors are asking how they can help.
If you want to contribute to the relief effort, please go to the Jacks Fork River Page page and look for posts by Patricia Ray Jones, and send her a pm.
Thanks to all for your love and concern."
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For Cleaning Supplies: If you want to donate to the American Red Cross, specify that it be directed to Dollar General for Southern Missouri relief supplies. They have stores in Eminence, Winona, Birch Tree, Summersville, Alton, Van Buren, Salem and Doniphan. Earmark for Shannon County MO. They just took a load of cleaning supplies in.
Lots of good local information about Eminence on Jacks Fork Page. Give them a like if you haven't already. Thanks, my friends!
Community Foundation of the Ozarks for the communities below.
Contributions by check should be made payable to the fund of choice (listed below) and mailed to P.O. Box 8960, Springfield, MO 65801. Online donations can be made by visiting:
Doniphan Area and Ripley County Emergency Flood Relief Fund
Van Buren Area and Carter County Emergency Flood Relief Fund
Ellington Area and Reynolds County Emergency Flood Relief Fund
This will be updated as we get more information.
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