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JEFFERSON CITY, MO, MAY 24, 2019 – Missouri residents, who have been displaced from their homes due to damage caused by the recent tornadoes, are eligible to stay in any Missouri State Park campground without cost.

This spring, Missouri State Parks offered free camping to Missouri residents who were displaced from their homes due to flooding. Missouri State Parks is extending the same offer to those affected by the recent tornadoes and storm damage that struck southwest and central Missouri earlier this week. 

Missouri residents will be allowed to stay up to 30 days in any state park campground. All campsites will be available on a first-come, first-served basis. Campers will need to bring their own camping equipment and other supplies.

"Recent tornado and storm damages have devastated many families and individuals," said Ben Ellis, director of the Division of State Parks. "This is one way Missouri State Parks can assist them until they can return to their homes." 

People requesting the fee waiver should provide documentation from a governmental or charitable organization certifying they have been displaced by a tornado or by flooding in any county in Missouri. 

For more information about Missouri state park campgrounds, call 800-334-6946 (voice) or 800-379-2419 (Telecommunications Device for the Deaf) or visit        

For more information about Missouri state parks and historic sites, visit the web at Missouri State Parks is a division of the Missouri Department of Natural Resources.

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