|Photo by Susan J. Young|
The Branson CVB has issued an update regarding the recovery from the storm and tornado that struck the Missouri resort town on Wednesday, February 29.
Most of the storm damage took place in the Historic Downton area, Branson Landing and a section of W 76 Country Boulevard west of Gretna Road/Hwy 165. Recovery and rebuilding efforts are underway.
“We are extremely thankful that there was no reported loss of life due to the tornado that struck Branson on the morning of February 29, and our thoughts and prayers go out to those families who did lose loved ones as a result of this large storm system that affected much of the Midwest,” said City Administrator Dean Kruithof. Currently 33 injuries have been reported as a result of the storm in Branson.
The Branson Airport remains unaffected, and attractions such as Silver Dollar City, Sight and Sound Theatre and Showboat Branson Belle, while closed as normal during the first quarter of the year, sustained no damage. The TITANIC Museum Attraction and Tanger Outlet Mall are undamaged and open. Five or six of the more than 50 theaters in the town, 12-15 of the more than 200 hotels and five to six of the more than 100 attractions have sustained significant damage as a result of the storms. There are few road closures due to storm damage, but portions of Country Music Highway 76 are currently restricted due to recovery efforts.
Individuals and groups interested in volunteering or assisting the recovery effort can visit VolunteerBranson.org.
For situation updates, closure and schedule change information, visit www.ExploreBranson.com or call 800-296-0463.