FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
June 14, 2010


Campground at Big Lake State Park in northwest Missouri is closed due to potential for flooding

State Emergency Management Agency is monitoring weather forecast, working with and assisting local agencies

As a precautionary measure, the campground at Big Lake State Park in northwest Missouri is being closed due to the park's proximity to the Missouri River and heavy rainfall in northwest Missouri.
While the campground will be closed, the park will remain open for day use, as will the park's cabins, which are at higher elevations than the campground and removed from flood risk.
SEMA and the Department of Natural Resources, Division of State Parks will continue to monitor river levels near Big Lake State Park so that further action may be taken if necessary and so that the campground can be reopened once the river has receded.
The State Emergency Management Agency is monitoring potential flooding conditions in cooperation with county and local emergency managers.  SEMA is also monitoring the latest National Weather Service forecasts.
"During any potential hazardous weather event our first concern is the safety of our citizens," said State Emergency Management Agency Director Paul D. Parmenter.  "I urge Missourians to monitor their local weather forecasts and to remember to be cautious in the event of localized flooding.”
SEMA reminds the public of the following terms and driving precautions:   ·    Flood Watch means flooding is possible. Watch for heavy rain over a short period of time, which can cause flooding in ditches, streams and low water crossings. ·    Flood Warning means flooding is occurring or imminent. ·    Do not drive around barricades.  Barricades are placed on flooded roads to protect drivers. ·    Water can rise quickly without warning.  It is harder to recognize flooding dangers at night.  Since a driver cannot see the road, the driver may not be aware the pavement or culvert is damaged. ·    Less than six inches of fast moving water can sweep a slow-moving vehicle off the road. ·    If your car stalls, leave it immediately to seek higher ground.  Be careful not to accidentally step into a flooded ditch along the road.
 "If local officials issue an evacuation order, it is imperative to follow those directions and not place rescuers in dangerous situations," SEMA Director Parmenter said.
  

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