The lake area continues to reel from torrential rains and subsequent flooding that have damaged residences, businesses and even municipal buildings.

The lake area continues to reel from torrential rains and subsequent flooding that have damaged residences, businesses and even municipal buildings.

Hundreds of homeowners have reported water in basements, damage to landscaping and driveways, and docks and waterfront structures due to flash flooding and high lake levels Wednesday and into Thursday.

Often overlooked by lake residents are the rural areas of Miller and Camden counties. Miller County was especially hard hit as the flooding Osage River flows northeast through the county. Aside from damage to rural roads, there has been extensive crop damage reported along the river basin and creek beds.

Ed Brown, regional agronomist with Miller County Extension Service, said Thursday morning that he had not received any reports of livestock losses, but corn and soybean losses were substantial. A farmer near Marys Home northeast of Tuscumbia had about 140 acres of corn under water. Crops along creek and river bottoms from the lake area to Pulaski County were damaged as well.

Several homes in the Old Town area of Tuscumbia along the Osage River were evacuated, and farmland fencing was also damaged or washed away.

Hope House

Hope House of Miller County, which serves west Miller County and east Camden County, was severely flooded with the recent rains.

The Thrift Store is closed temporarily but the Food Pantry will reopen for pre-approved clients for assistance from 9 a.m. until 1 p.m. Friday (today).

The Thrift Store will not be open until all repairs and clean up are completed. Hope House is located at 40 Lakeland Road, just off Highway 54 between Lake Ozark and Eldon.

Clients or customers may call 365-0099 with any questions on operating hours.

Linn Creek

Residents in at least one Linn Creek home awoke before dawn Wednesday to find several inches of water in one bedroom. The home, located near a creek in the downtown area, was substantially damaged and its five residents were forced to flee in the dark.

Two couples and a child sharing the home grabbed as much of their belongings as possible before forcing a door open against the current and fleeing in a vehicle that had not been consumed by the rising water.

Communities

Osage Beach officials closed the city park off Osage Beach Parkway indefinitely after water in a catch basin overflowed into the rest of the park.

The water flowed over the pond dam and under a nearly new asphalt parking lot. Debris was actually forced under the asphalt, which then settled on top of the debris causing considerable damage.

The two softball fields were damaged and water even reached the park's concession stand. A creek that runs parallel to the park overflowed, causing damage to a road that leads to soccer fields and to a recreational area adjacent to the lake.

As a result, the annual OB Fall Festival scheduled Sept. 7 has been moved to the City Hall area.

Village of Four Seasons officials came to work Wednesday to find that sewage had backed up in the basement.

LOFPD

Matt Birdsley, assistant Lake Ozark Fire Protection District chief, said the department responded to flash flooding on V Road to help evacuate several people in the Camp Bagnell area.

Firefighters made it half way to the area by vehicle before they were forced to stop due to high water. Two firefighters made access to a stranded vehicle on foot and rescued an individual.

The LOFPD was notified by Ameren Missouri officials that floodgates at Bagnell Dam would be opened and that campers and residents at the campground should be evacuated because the nearby Osage River would be rising substantially.

Two LOFPD personnel went camper-to-camper and house-to-house to evacuate families. Two jon boats and Personal Watercraft were used to move people to high ground were shuttle provided by Zee Transportation took them to Station 1 on Bagnell Dam Blvd.

Several individuals were taken to Christ the King Lutheran Church in Lake Ozark for shelter.

Birdsley said there were no injuries reported and everyone was removed from the flooded campground area. The American Red Cross helped organized shelters, and the Lake Ozark Fire Benevolent Association and Paul's Supermarket provided lunches for the displaced families while at the Firehouse.

Osage Beach and Mid County fire departments assisted Lake Ozark in the flood efforts.

Lake info

As of 11 a.m. Thursday, the lake level had dropped about three quarters of a foot to 660.20 from a high of 660.92 recorded at 6 p.m. Wednesday evening.

Flow through the dam was at 48,149 cubic feet per second as of late Wednesday morning after 11 of 12 floodgates were opened to relieve the rising lake waters. Historically, the flow ranges from 900 cfs to a few thousand cfs.

Despite the inflow of excess water from Truman Dam and various Osage River tributaries, not much dock or shoreline damage is being reported so far, according to Jeff Green, Ameren Missouri shoreline management supervisor for the lake.

"We aren't receiving a huge number of shoreline or dock damage calls. The majority of the calls have been related to storm erosion and sedimentation in certain areas," he said.

He expects that trees and vegetative debris in the lake will be navigational hazards for a week or so. Boaters need to watch for floating debris and not plan on boating after dark if possible, he said.

He also recommended that docks with electrical conduit and other electrical components that are submerged should be de-energized.