Mark Twain National Forest closed due to flooding

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ROLLA, MO. (KTVI) – The Unites States Department of Agriculture has temporarily closed the Mark Twain National Forest in south central Missouri, due to flash flooding and flood waters.  The area has experienced between 10-12 inches of rain over the last two days, making access to campgrounds and roads next to impossible.

Rivers that flow through the forest, The Big Piney and Gasconade Rivers have overflowed their banks and is some cases risen to 15 feet above flood stage

Campgrounds currently temporarily closed include:
•       Lane Spring Recreation Area off Highway 63 south, Phelps County;
•       Paddy Creek Wilderness Campground, Texas County;
•       East Gate, Pulaski County;
•       Stone Mill Spring, Pulaski County;
•       Mill Creek, Newburg, Phelps County;
•       North Fork Recreation Area, Ozark County;
•       Noblett Recreation Area, Douglas County;
•       Float Camp and Deer Leap Recreation Areas, Ripley County, and
•       Watercress Recreation Area, Carter County.