Wild Weather Disrupts Long Holiday Weekend

Anita Campbell
County Reporter
 Despite the high water on Truman Lake, thousands of people flocked to the twin lake area during the three day Memorial Day weekend.
According to Erin Cordrey of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, at the Truman Overlook  almost 2483 visitors passed through the doors at the Visitor’s Center over the Memorial Day holiday weekend.  Sunday was the busiest day with 980 visitors.  “The weather was great so the high water didn’t seem to keep them away.
Osage Bluff Marina was one of the few area marinas which stayed open during the Memorial day Weekend.  The Osage Bluff crew provided shuttle service for their yearly customers and boats could pull into the marina from the water.
According to Osage Bluff employee Craig Novinska, visitors were able to launch from Osage Bluff until Monday.  “On Monday, the Corps of Engineers shut down the road leading into Osage Bluff so the only way to get here is by boat.”
Osage Bluff will host their annual fireworks display on July 5 and are expecting a huge crowd for that.
The Fourth of July fireworks display on Truman will be held on July 6.
Beth Drake at Osage Mini Mart reported a good weekend.  “It wasn’t as busy as last year but I think the weather forecast probably kept some people away,” said Drake.
Drake reported that gas in Warsaw is cheaper than in the city so they did sell a lot of gas.  “Our gas is $2.39 while the city is charging $2.43,” Drake said.
Drake also reported selling 26,000 minnows over the three day weekend.  “I think most of the visitors were here to fish,” she said.
Sterrett Creek Marina was shut down because of the high water.  According to owner Cathy Beyer, they were able to shuttle people to their boats in the marina but they couldn’t open the store or grill because of the sewer system.
“This isn’t what we expected for Memorial Day weekend, but we are really concerned about June because that is when we have the most customers,” Beyer said.
The Beyers are hoping the lake drops before the July 4th holiday.
The Missouri Highway Patrol reports eight people died in Missouri over the Memorial Day 2019 holiday weekend.
Seven people died in traffic crashes over the 2019 Memorial Day weekend. During the counting period of 6 p.m., Friday, May 24, through 11:59 p.m., Monday, May 27, 2019, the Missouri State Highway Patrol investigated 298 traffic crashes with 106 injuries. Troopers made 95 driving while intoxicated arrests and 93 drug arrests.
William A. Gordon-Price, 27, of Overland Park, KS, died after he went swimming off his Sweetwater Pontoon vessel. He went under and did not resurface. The incident occurred in Camden County at the Lake of the Ozarks at the one-mile marker of the Grand Glaize Arm. Camden County Medical Examiner Dee Ballard pronounced Gordon-Price dead at the scene. Gordon-Price was not wearing a life jacket at the time of the incident. The Patrol’s Dive Team, Osage Beach Fire Department, Mid-County Fire Department, Lake Ozark Fire Department, and Osage Beach Police Department assisted at the scene.