BRANSON, Mo. “This weeks federal Disaster Declaration for Taney County, wide spread flooding elsewhere in the Midwest and earlier media reports about flooding in Branson could create the impression that Branson is flooded or recovering from a flood,” said Levi Kurtright, Director of Marketing for the Branson Tourism Center (BTC). “Even at the height of the high water the Branson area experienced during Easter week, media reports aside, the Branson that the majority of tourists come to experience, was never flooded or impacted by the high water, remained open for business and provided its visitors with the same fun filled shows, attractions, shopping, entertainment and value that has made it the exciting travel destination it is. The federal Disaster Declaration for Taney County doesn’t change those facts at all,” he added.
In an effort to provide prospective Branson visitors with accurate and timely information about what was actually happening and is happening in Branson regarding the flooding issue, BTC published the ‘Branson is Not Flooded FAQ and Status Report’ on May 3 (FAQ) which has been updated as needed, with its latest update being today. Question #1 on that FAQ asks “Is Branson flooded?” The answer was “No. A few low-lying areas located along the shoreline of Lake Taneycomo and its tributaries were flooded by the record setting recent rainfall combined with water released from the Table Rock Lake Dam over Easter week. As unfortunate as that is for those effected, no Branson Show, retail store or factory outlet, including Branson Landing, and the vast majority of Branson’s attractions and restaurants was ever closed because of high water.”
Among other things, the Disaster Declaration will provide federal financial and other assistance to those individuals and businesses in the few low-lying areas whose property was effected. Kurtright points out that there is no more water coming through the flood gates of Table Rock Dam and that the only water being discharged into Lake Taneycomo from Table Rock Lake is through the dams four power generators. Although that amount can fluctuate, it will be within the normal limits of what one can expect when power is being generated, generally less than 15,000 cubic feet per second (cfs).
The “Branson” that the majority of the millions of visitors come to see and have fun in every year was never “closed” and, in terms of its visitors, continued doing exactly what it is doing today and has done for over 50 years, providing people and families with one of the most exciting, fun filled and economical vacations available anywhere. Branson’s first attraction, and still its most popular, Silver Dollar City has been dedicated to providing its guests with the opportunity for “Creating memories worth remembering” since it opened over 50 years ago.
When that spirit and the philosophy of God, country, patriotism, and family is combined with all the fun, excitement, adventure and entertainment that is Branson “Creating memories worth remembering” is simply a natural result. For additional information or tickets for any of Branson’s shows and attractions or for lodging arrangements please contact the Branson Tourism Center by either calling their toll free number 1-800-785-1550 or through their website www.BransonTourismCenter.com.
Click here for the Branson is Not Flooded FAQ and Status Report with latest updates.