Floods Force Closure of Beach, Hiking Trail at SeMo Park

CAPE GIRARDEAU, MO - A swimming beach and hiking trail at Trail of Tears State Park in southeast Missouri are closed due to problems from this year's rains and flooding.

The Missouri Dept. of Natural Resources says it will meet with dam safety engineers to discuss repairs to the dam at Lake Boutin.  The higher level of water in the lake is increasing pressure on the dam.

Officials do no believe the dam is in danger of collapse.  Still, the beach at the park will be closed for the rest of the summer.

March rains also caused significant mudslides and other problems on Sheppard Point Trail, which is temporarily shut down as workers clear the mud and debris.  The two-mile trail ascends to the top of a bluff overlooking the Mississippi River.

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