Johnson's Shut-Ins State Park Suffered Heavy Damage In Reservoir Failure

6:12 AM, Dec 16, 2005   |    comments
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By Sharon Stevens and Rebecca Wu KSDK-Thursday, we got a look inside Johnson's Shut-Ins, which was ravaged by the more than one billion gallons of water. The vast majority of the public use areas have been affected. The main parking lot and camping areas inside are filled with mud and fallen trees. If this had happened during the summer, hundreds of people would have been in the path of the water. The director of Missouri's Department of Natural Resources, Doyle Childers, says some of the park will open by next summer, though it may not be fully open. Childers says people who have already made deposits for camping can get a refund if the reservation is not used. Meanwhile, Lesterville's only school was back in business after being shut down for a day. The superintendent and counselors spent part of the morning talking to the young preschool classmates of 5-year-old Tanner and 3-year-old Tara Toops. The kids also wrote get well cards and letters to them as did all of the other students in the Lesterville Elementary School. To read more about the park and the family swept up by the water, and to see more pictures and video, click here.


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