By: Kathie Brennan
05/13/17 10:02:09 AM
Two weeks after widespread flooding caused unprecedented damage to the ONSR, much of the recreational facilities and infrastructure is still being assessed by the NPS Incident Management Team requiring that the park remain closed until notifications are made public by the NPS. At the height of the flood, the Current River crested almost 10’ above historic records resulting in unknown damage to the Blair Creek section of the Ozark Trail from the northern border of the ONSR just north of Powder Mill. From Powder Mill, the Current River section of the Ozark Trail also has unknown damage but would include uprooted and downed trees along with a tremendous amount of flood debris covering the trail to the southern border ending at MDC’s Peck Ranch. The OTA is still waiting on further information and instructions from the Mark Twain National Forest and the Missouri Department of Conservation concerning the use of the OT in other areas that the trail maybe closed to users due to damage.
As conditions change information will be posted on the ONSR website at www.nps.gov/ozar on the park Facebook page and at the visitor contact stations.