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Parts of Lake Wappapello remains closed after extensive flooding

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WAPPAPELLO, MO (KAIT) - Historic flooding during the month of May in Region 8 caused serious flooding damage to Lake Wappapello in Southeast Missouri.

During the flooding, the water got as high as five feet over the spillway at the lake and water washed out part of Highway T and a fishing pond.

The significant damage sustained at Lake Wappapello has led to the cancellation of some June events, including events this weekend and next weekend. Andrew Jefferson with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers says the flooding didn't cause as much problems as they had expected.

"It is having an impact on families, however, because we were able to reconnect Highway T and open up the recreation areas. The impact is not as drastic as we thought it was going to be," Jefferson said.

Jefferson said this is also going to serve as a lesson to visitors.

"It may become just a landmark out there we can put an interpretive overlook there so people can actually see what can happen with the power of water," Jefferson told Region 8 News.

Jefferson said their number one mission is flood control and even though the water has caused significant damage, it will also be a teaching tool for the public.

As of now, events scheduled for July are still planned to take place. At this time, people can still stop by the visitor center and some of the camp grounds that have reopened.

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