LAKE OF THE OZARKS, Mo. — A tornado damaged several docks and boats on the Lake, Thursday and Friday, July 19–20.
Friday morning's storms hit different parts of the Lake with vastly different levels of force. In total, 400-500 people were still without power on Friday morning, spanning multiple electric companies, while other areas were barely touched by the hazardous weather. By Sunday, the National Weather Service had confirmed the storm did produce an EF-0 tornado, with 80 mph max winds.
The Director of the Emergency Management Agency of Camden County, Ron Gentry, had been responding to damage reports since 6 a.m. Friday morning, and said he would continue to work into the weekend. The tornado seems to have hit Prairie Hollow, Coelleda Hollow, and Gulliver Ridge along the Little Niangua, just west of Big Island, the hardest. At least five docks in the area flipped over, Gentry said.
The docks shown below are located in the Georgene Subdivision, in Greenview...
Heavy damage centered around Fowler’s Point, where three docks were overturned and the wind ripped half a roof off of one home. Overturned docks and heavy damage was also reported in the Lower Prairie Hollow Road, Cedar Ridge Circle and Georgene Subdivision areas.
Despite incredibly forceful winds and property damage, there have been no injuries or fatalities reported. Multiple homes have reported minor damage to roofs and siding from wind and tree limbs.
Clean up after a storm like this is a team effort with the Fire Protection District, Road and Bridge department and EMA all working together to clear trees and other debris from roadways. County Road and Bridge crews alone cleared more than 80 trees from blocked county roads on Friday. The two-person Emergency Management Agency of Camden County is responsible for taking damage reports in the county, assisting other county teams with cleanup, connecting people in need of shelter with the Red Cross, and reporting the extent of the damage to the State Emergency Management Agency. Their support role allows first responders to continue to help people who are in immediate danger, while Camden County EMA officials assist people in crisis, but who no longer in immediate danger.
The number of people affected by the storm is still being counted, as Camden County EMA is still taking calls of damage reports. They ask anyone, especially primary homeowners, who have major damage to their home, to call and report the damage as soon as possible.