Clean Up Underway Across Missouri Following Storms

By Grant Sloan |

Published 06/05 2014 05:34PM

Updated 06/05 2014 07:21PM

SHELL KNOB, Mo. -- Strong winds and heavy rains left structural damage and power outages across portions of southwest Missouri.

At one point, White River Valley Electric Cooperative reported that nearly 5,000 of it's residents were without power - stretching across five different counties.

Power was also knocked out to some buildings along the strip in Branson, which is also where fire crews spent the better half of their morning.

The Branson Fire Department helped residents at the Greenbrier Inn collect their soaked belongs, after strong wind guts blew off part of the roof.

Fire Chief Ted Martin says the department first thought the roof had collapsed, but after inspection, that turned out to not be the case.

"It's a pre-cast concrete roof with some roofing material on top for waterproofing," says Martin, "And that layer lifted up in the strong winds."

After the protective layer was peeled back, Martin says the top floor flooded due to the constant rain. He estimates that 50 residents will have to be relocated.

At Campbell Point Marina and Campground in Shell Knobb, the trees that were snapped by the winds are the least of Owner, Gene Stimble's worries.  A house boat dock was flipped by the gusts.

"It got basically mangled into a piece of wreckage," says Stimble. "And went into another dock."

Stimble says the Marina will not be closed, and the three boats trapped in the metal mess should be recovered.

Stimble says the Army Corps of Engineers is assisting with the clean up of the campgrounds, which is where Kirk Walters road out the storm in his camper.

"Our camper started shaking, trailer started lifting and we heard loud booms," says Walters. "Rocked and rattle for 12 minutes and then it was over with."

Walters says those in tents were forced to run for cover, even leave in some cases, but no injures are being reported.

"Wait for 15 minutes, Missouri weather is going to change," says Walters. "Typical weekend camping in Missouri anymore."

The Marina is not expected to close, and at last check White River Valley Electric had restored power to all but 50 of it's customers.

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