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Branson Recovering from Tornado Damage; Major Attractions Spared

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Branson, Missouri recovery efforts were underway March 1 due to major tornado damage the town sustained from a powerful storm system that swept into the area on Feb. 29, 2012 and produced multiple reports of tornadoes in the Midwest.

Initial reports indicate that there were no fatalities, although a significant number of minor injuries and property damage were reported.

branson_hiltonhotel"We are extremely thankful that there was no reported loss of life due to the tornado that struck Branson on the morning of Feb. 29, and our thoughts and prayers go out to those families who did lose loved ones as a result of this large storm system that affected much of the Midwest," said City Administrator Dean Kruithof.

Major attractions such as Silver Dollar City, Sight and Sound Theatre, and Showboat Branson Belle (while closed during the first quarter of the year), sustained no damage.

TITANIC Museum Attraction, Tanger Outlet Mall, and numerous theatres, attractions, restaurants and retail stores are also undamaged and remain open and welcoming visitors to the Live Music Show Capital of the World.

Currently five or six of the more than 50 theatres in Branson have sustained significant damage as a result of the storms, officials said.

Approximately 12 to 15 of the more than 200 hotels in Branson have sustained significant damage as a result of the storms.

The Hilton Branson Convention Center Hotel, connected to the Branson Convention Center in the heart of historic downtown Branson, was one of those hotels sustaining damage.

"It was in the path of the tornado," David Trumble, senior director, for Hilton corporate communications for the Western states, told OldWestNewWest.com Travel & History Magazine on March 1. "And while the property did sustain some damage, the North Tower of the promenade is open and accepting reservations."

Trumble said the company is still in the process of assessing damage to the property, a Branson area landmark with its 12-story glass tower and adjacent to the Branson Landing. It was too soon to say when repairs would begin, he added.

The majority of the storm damage centered around the Historic Downtown area, Branson Landing and a section of W 76 Country Boulevard west of Gretna Road/Hwy 165.

The Branson Airport was unaffected by the storms, and flights are departing and arriving with no delays, according to a Branson Chamber of Commerce spokesperson.

According to the chamber, as of noon March 1, the following lodging facilities were closed pending repairs: Angel Inn, Best Western Center Pointe Inn, Blue Bayou Hotel, Hall of Fame Motel, Kimberling Inn (Kimberling City), Ramada Inn, Ria Motor Inn, and the Riverboat Inn.

Branson has not been routinely affected by tornados in the past. Only twice in the last 20 years has the city been struck by tornados, neither time with significant damage, according to the chamber.

For additional information about closures, visit the chamber's Website at
http://www.explorebranson.com/branson/2012-storm-listings .

 
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