News Release 292

Visitors should be aware of potential flooding in Missouri state parks and historic sites

Volume 38-292 (For Immediate Release)
Contact: Judd Slivka
573-751-1010

JEFFERSON CITY, MO., MAY 13, 2010 -- Recent heavy rains throughout Missouri have created flooding in some Missouri state parks and historic sites, according to the Missouri Department of Natural Resources.

Because flooding can occur quickly and conditions can change rapidly, visitors are encouraged to visit the state park system's Twitter or Facebook pages or the temporary closing page on the Missouri State Parks and Historic Sites website for up-to-date information.

Many state parks and historic sites are located near lakes or rivers or have water features that can be affected by flooding. Katy Trail State Park, which parallels the Missouri River for much of its route from St. Charles to Clinton, is an example of a facility that can be affected by flooding.

Several areas of the Katy Trail regularly flood during and after hard rains, and more areas are expected to flood Saturday when the Missouri River is expected to crest at Boonville.

Trail portions that traditionally are affected by rising water include the area near the Rocheport tunnel and areas between Wilton and Providence.

When portions of the Katy Trail are damaged or closed, information about the closings will be posted at the appropriate trailheads, signs will be posted on the trail immediately prior to the damaged or flooded areas, and orange fencing and barricades will be placed around the area. Hikers and bicyclists are asked not to cross the barricades and ride or walk through the area for their own safety. Once the water recedes, there may still be damage to the trail that must be repaired before it can be opened safely to the public. 

The state parks system's Facebook page can be found at http://facebook.com/mostateparks. The Twitter site is twitter.com/mostateparks. To access the state park system's website on closings, go to mostateparks.com/closings.htm.

For more information on state parks and historic sites, visit mostateparks.com.

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