Branson Recovery Continues
BRANSON - Recovery efforts continued on Monday following the touchdown of an EF-2 tornado on February 29. There were no deaths resulting from the storm, but several minor injuries and significant property damage occurred.
"We are blessed that no one died due to this tornado, and our thoughts and prayers go out to those families who did lose loved ones as a result of all these recent storms that have struck much of the Midwestern and Southern parts of the US. We've been touched by the outpouring of support from around the nation. We forget how many millions of folks we have welcomed to Branson over the years." said Branson Mayor Raeanne Presley.
Most of the storm damage to commercial areas occurred near Country Boulevard and the Branson Convention Center area. It is estimated that the convention center will be up and operating in 30 to 60 days. Initial estimates are that the convention center will be up and running in 30 to 60 days.
Many affected businesses have reopened their doors and others that haven't are expected to in the coming days.
"I drove down The Strip this morning and I'm amazed that only three days after the tornado touched down that so many of the damaged areas look more like a construction zone than a disaster zone. We've still got a ways to go, but the progress made so far to those damaged areas has been remarkable," said Dean Kruithof, Branson's City Administrator.
FEMA has completed its assessment of the damage done by the storm. 71 residential properties sustained damage ranging from slightly affected to total damage. 147 commercial properties sustained damage ranging from minor to major.