Update on Branson, Missouri tornado recovery efforts

8:00 PM, Mar 2, 2012   |    comments
Branson and Kimberling City were extensively damaged by what is believed to be a tornado. These photos trace a path that ended near the Branson Landing and which started near Kimberling City. Credit: Dean Curtis/News-Leader
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Branson, MO (KSDK) - Recovery efforts continued Friday after an EF-2 tornado ripped through parts of Branson, Missouri Wednesday morning.

PHOTOS - Branson tornado damage

Most of the storm damage was limited to sections of W 76 Country Boulevard and the Branson Convention Center area. Meetings and conventions scheduled for the Branson Convention Center in the upcoming weeks will be relocated.

Many of the affected businesses are expected to reopen in the next few days.

All of W 76 Country Boulevard, also known as the "Branson Strip," reopened Thursday, and travel should not be affected. The western portion of W76 Country Boulevard will have restricted access after 11 p.m. Friday, but visitors will be able to get to and from all shows.

Damage assessments of homes are still underway. AmeriCorps St. Louis is managing Taney County tornado volunteer efforts to assist area residents. Volunteers are still welcome, and anyone interested can e-mail acstlbranson@gmail.com or sign up online.

Branson Landing re-opened Friday, and Branson Landing fountains resumed performances at noon.

There are approximately 400 customers still without electricity in the area, and Empire District Electric says all power should be restored by Saturday.

The Federal Emergency Management Agency has completed their assessment of the damage. The complete report can be obtained by calling FEMA at 800-621-FEMA.

There are more than 200 hotels in Branson, 22 of which sustained storm damage. The estimated opening dates of these hotels will be posted on www.explorebranson.com.


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