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Lake Wappapello ready for holiday weekend

Water went over the emergency spillway and washed out Highway T in early May. Water went over the emergency spillway and washed out Highway T in early May.
This is how Highway T looked on July 1. This is how Highway T looked on July 1.
Andrew Jefferson with the Army Corps of Engineers says they may see a bigger crowd than usual for the Independence Day weekend. Andrew Jefferson with the Army Corps of Engineers says they may see a bigger crowd than usual for the Independence Day weekend.
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There are no limitations for visitors to Lake Wappapello for the 4th of July weekend.

The Army Corps of Engineers says all campgrounds and recreation areas will be open this weekend, just two months after historic flooding.

In May, the lake reached an all-time high of more than 400 feet.

The water went over the emergency spillway, washed out Highway T, and caused more flooding along the St. Francois river.

A temporary road has been built around Highway T to accommodate the visitors for this weekend.

"We think we may see bigger crowds than usual," said Andrew Jefferson with the Army Corps of Engineers. "We've had 5,000 people come to the visitors center in the past month to see the flooding.  That, along with the fourth falling on a Monday, is why I think we'll see a big crowd at the lake."

The lake stage was 361 feet on Friday, which is close to summer pool.

On Saturday, July 2, the annual Waterfest will kick off at 10 p.m. with a fireworks display scheduled at 9 p.m.

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