The Finley River in Ozark, MO, is overflowing once more! It feels like it's been raining for weeks and weeks now, but yesterday's torrential downpours topped any rain we've seen recently. The result is the Finley RiverOzark, MO has overflowed its banks, several areas in downtown , were flooded, and many roads are closed.
The Finley River Park in Ozark, MO, is under nearly 3' of water. I've lived here over 30 years now, and while I've seen the park flood on several occasions, I'm always awestruck by the sight of it.
Standing on the Finley River Bridge next to the old mill was an incredible experience. It feels as if you're literally standing on top of the water, and the fast pace of the water rushing under the bridge will make you feel dizzy, as if the bridge is moving. Between the loud roar of the water and the strong winds today, coupled with the movement of the water, it can really make you lose your equilibrium.
The Ozark Special Road District facility is flooded, along with the park's pavilions, playground equipment, and the light displays for the Annual Christmas in the Park.
Here is a comparison of the view of the river taken from the Finley River Bridge before and after the rains.
Here are photos of the former Heritage Chrysler Jeep Dealership in Ozark and the road to Riverside Inn.
The water is already showing signs of receding. While our area does tend to flood in heavy rains, the flooding rarely lasts long, and usually recedes within 24-48 hours.
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