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UPDATE: Branson Motel Structurally Undamaged From Lost Roofing

BRANSON, Mo. -- City inspectors in Branson say the Greenbrier Inn was not structurally damaged by high winds that caused roof damage today.
BRANSON, Mo. -- The City of Branson issued an update on the condition of the Greenbrier Inn, after strong storms cause roof damage to the building.

People staying in the Inn, both weekly and nightly visitors, were evacuated.  But city inspectors have ruled the building did not sustain any structural damage by the winds.
A water-proof barrier on the roof peeled back in the high winds, causing water damage.

Here is the latest statement from the City of Branson:

Inspectors from Branson Fire & Rescue and the Planning and Development Department have responded to a report of structural roof collapse at the Greenbrier Inn, located at 3518 W. Highway 76.  Upon inspection, it was determined that there is no structural damage to the building, which is the middle building of the three on the site. 
"The building has a pre-cast concrete roof, with insulation and a rubber membrane that lies on top" said Branson Fire Chief Ted Martin.  "With the strong winds we had this morning, a large section of this rubber roof was folded over, exposing the concrete ceiling of the upper floor to the rain."

As a precaution, the guests at the hotel are being relocated.  Approximately 50 guests were staying in the affected building at the time of the incident.  Some will be housed in available rooms in the other buildings on-property which were not damaged.  Others are being relocated to other nearby properties based on room availability.
The damage follows the passage of a strong storm system through Southwest Missouri this morning.  Fire crews also responded to multiple fire alarms during the thunderstorm, most likely caused by effects power outages, lighting strikes, or water getting alarm systems.   No injuries have yet been reported.

The BransonAlerts citizen messaging service was activated this morning around 9:30 to warn neighbors and businesses of the upcoming Severe Thunderstorms Warning.  These messages are available by phone, text and email to citizens who register on the City Website www.BransonMO.gov.  Alerts were also sent to the local media, hospital and ambulance to help prepare the community for the storm.



Previous report:

BRANSON, Mo. -- Fire officials in Branson say the roof of a motel along Highway 76 did not collapse, but had extensive damage from Thursday's storm.

Branson fire chief Ted Martin tells KOLR10 News the roof on the Greenbriar Inn had a waterproof layer that flipped in half on top of the roof.

Martin says the most damage was water entering the top floor and flooding part of the building.

The hotel is primarily a weekly rental. Approximately 40 weekly guests, and 10 nightly guests are all accounted for with no injuries.

They are working to relocate to another weekly hotel in Branson.


Our initial report:

BRANSON, Mo. -- Fire officials in Branson report a major roof collapse at a motel along Highway 76.

The Branson Fire Department says the roof has collapsed over a portion of the Green Briar Inn, 3518 E. Highway 76.  Guests of the inn were evacuated and there are no injuries, fire officials said.

The collapse occurred during the height of high winds and torrential rains that hit the Branson area about mid-morning Thursday.  Power outages are reported up and down the Branson strip.

More on this developing story will be posted here as it becomes available.

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