Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Branson Takes Hit from Major Storm; Many Businesses Unaffected

As many of you may already know, Branson, Missouri was hit by a tornado and severe storm in the early hours of this morning, February 29, 2012.  A destructive tornado reportedly touched down west-northwest of Branson near Kimberling City and Table Rock Lake, before heading into Branson, cutting a path down the entertainment district.  The tornado jumped from side to side of Hwy 76, known as “The Strip”, before heading to the downtown area.  Notable target areas were the Wal-Mart on Highway 76, the Branson Convention Center and Hilton Hotel, the Branson Landing, and the Downtown Branson area.

Several businesses were affected by the storm, to varying degrees.  Branson has over 50 theaters, but thankfully, only three are reporting severe damage.  They include:
  • Americana Theater
  • Branson Variety Theater
  • Dick Clarks’ American Bandstand Theater
Of the over 200 hotels in Branson, the properties reporting severe damage include:
  • 1st Inn Branson
  • Angel Inn
  • Blue Bayou Inn
  • Best Western Center Pointe Inn
  • Grand Oaks Inn
  • Holiday Inn on the Strip
  • Hilton at the Branson Convention Center
  • JR’s Motor Inn
  • Melody Lane Inn
  • Ramada
  • Ria Inn
Branson attractions that sustained damage include:
  • Lost Treasure Mini-Golf
  • Ride the Ducks
  • Track #3
  • Track #4
  • Veterans Memorial Museum

As Branson is home to a large assortment of businesses, we are proud and relieved to report that many Branson businesses did not sustain damage.  Some of the specific businesses that were saved from the tornado include:
  • Baldknobbers Theater
  • Dixie Stampede
  • The Duttons Theater
  • The Grand Palace
  • Jim Stafford
  • Presleys’ Theater
  • RFD-TV Theater
  • Ripley’s Believe It or Not
  • Sight and Sound Theater
  • Silver Dollar City
  • Shoji Tabuchi
  • Titanic Museum Attraction
  • White Water
  • Yakov

If there is any good news in all of this, it is that it seems much of Branson received minimal damage and although severe damage was sustained in specific areas, Branson can and will recover. At this point, clean-up and debris removal is top priority as is restoring power lines and servicing those that live in the Branson area.  Branson should be operational within a few days, and should be 100% up-to-par by the time visitors with Spring Break plans flock to the area.  If you have a vacation in Branson planned within the next week, please contact the specific lodging establishment and theater you have reservations with to ensure they are fully operational.
Stay tuned for more details.  We will provide you with up-to-date information as we receive it.

1 comment:

Dennis said...

We mite be down for a while but Branson will be up and running in full in no time..