Americana Theater had a huge part of the roof tore off, Burger Shack leveled Branson Variety theater had major damage. Red barn t shirts wiped out. No doubt there will be a lot open but there is major damage!
There was a lot of damage onTable Rock Lake too. Several marinas had docks full of large boats in the slips totally destroyed. We have good friends who sent us photos of some of the damage. We lucked out and our boat and dock are fine. Since we're in FL for the winter we were relieved to hear that!
The Branson area has contended with flooding the last three years and now this. Mother Nature has really impacted the area more than their fair share!
Dave and Peggy
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It was just shown on local TV that the RV that was overturned was the tour bus of Danny Strickland a Branson entertainer. He was inside when the bus was hit. He was being iterviewed and said that he had just went to bed not long before rocks from the roof of the WalMart store started pelting the side of the bus. He went on to say that the storm moved the bus across the parking lot and onto 76 Hwy.
They say 14 hotels and 12 show theaters were badly damaged from this storm. It may be a while before much is happening in Branson other than rebuilding.
Don & Deb
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Read last night that the Chamber is telling people that the damage was only 'cosmetic'. Sounds like they are trying to save their tourist season.
After talking to some people who have see the damage first hand, it's pretty obvious that city officials and the chamber are in a slight panic mode. There is a lot more than cosmetic damage to many places and it's not going to be a quick fix for them. However, there are many businesses that weren't hit and they will open as soon as the power is restored and the debris is cleaned up even though many of their signs are down or gone and there will be a lot of construction going on for some time.
The Branson area has taken a big hit from heavy flooding for the last three years. Many marinas, lodges and campgrounds were gearing up for this to be a recovery year. We've kept a boat on the lake for many years and have seen the challenges first hand. I feel for the business owners.
Even though many businesses are okay, a lot of tourists will cancel plans or go somewhere else if they perceive that Branson is closed or severly damaged. That's why the mayor and others are trying to do a positive spin on the news reports going out. It may not be 100% accurate but I certainly don't blame them for doing what they can.