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Shawnee National Forest officials release flood assessment update

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On May 4, the Type 2 Eastern Area Incident Management Team (IMT), under Incident Commander Steve Goldman arrived to assist the Shawnee and Mark Twain National Forests with flood damage assessments following the heavy rains last week.

The team is assisting both Forests in assessing the extent of the damage and communicating with the public, cooperators and communities.

Assessments on the Shawnee National Forest have been completed on 90% of the Recreation Areas and an estimated 30% of the trails and roads. 

Trails, Roads and Recreation Areas are open unless indicated closed. Crews are finding that most trails have trees across them. 

The following roads in the Mississippi Bluffs Ranger District (west side) are closed due to high water or storm damage:

  • Oakwood Bottoms Road, past the first levee crossing. This includes Turkey Bayou Camping area and Big Muddy Boat Ramp
  • LaRue Pine Hills Road at north entrance to McGee Hill Overlook. This affects the W. Godwin Trailhead (River-to-River Trail) and Inspiration Point Trailhead
  • Happy Hollow Road on Fountain Bluff at the power line past the houses
  • Opossum Trot Road

The following areas are also being monitored:

  • Little Grand Canyon lower trail is under water
  • Cedar Lake Trail (River-to-River Trail), south end has a landslide, but hikers can walk around it. East parking has erosion and sloughing
  • Kinkaid Lake Area: - Crisenberry Dam Road (Jackson Co. Road) is flooded to Kinkaid Spillway
  • Buttermilk Hill Trail #387 where it joins #382 has 3 miles with several trees down. There are likely to be more trees down on other nearby trails
  • Johnson Creek Boat Ramp: Water is high, but ramp is accessible
  • Cove Hollow near the Tin Whistle had trees down but the tread is OK. The R2R from East Trigg TH to the Tin Whistle has some rutting and gravel that has washed off of the trail

The following roads in the Hidden Springs Ranger District (east side) are closed due to high water or storm damage:

  • Stone Face Road: culverts are washed out

The following areas are also being monitored:

  • Whiteside Rd #652 has erosion and is washed out in several places
  • Hayes Canyon Trail Systems: Several downed trees are on the trails
  • Trails #496 and #497 near Hayes Creek are muddy and have trees down
  • Maxwell Ford Trail # 30 is under water and not accessible
  • River to River Trail at Petticoat Jct., trail #491 and trail #032 have trees down
  • Franks tract to Natural Bridge, Trail #481 has some damage
  • Trails in the One Horse Gap show some damage, but are passable
  • Mustang Lane has a large washout and will be barricaded for safety
  • R2R at High knob and trail #164 are very muddy and have trees down
  • Stone Bottom Road in the Lusk Creek Wilderness has trees down across it inhibiting access to 487C from the road
  • One Horse Gap Trails: Muddy conditions with several trees down on #175 and #176. A clogged culvert with erosion is on Trail #106A at #178

More information can be found online here.

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