Docks Break Free, Floating With Boats On Flooded Lake Of The Ozarks


by Nathan Bechtold/

LAKE OF THE OZARKS, Mo. — In the weekend's catastrophic flooding and subsequent high lake levels, docks have begun to break away from the shore on the Lake of the Ozarks.

Individuals around the Lake are beginning to report seeing docks floating across the water, with boats and lifts still attached. One dock reportedly collided with the Highway 54 bridge on the Niangua Arm of the Lake of the Ozarks.

Complicating the situation, the flooding comes at a time of year when most lakefront home and dock owners are not around. Those who are are encouraged to shut off the electric to their dock if that is feasible, or to their whole house if that is the only way to disconnect dock power.

"Make sure the electric is off. Other than that, right now, there is not much you can do," said Nina Gennetten, owner of Ozarks Barge & Dock. "I have one customer who had a rush of water break his dock bridge in half."

As a general rule dock owners should check cables at least annually and replace them when necessary.

"A lot of the cables are now under water," Gennetten said. "Everyone should be very careful along the shoreline right now. No one wants to see anyone fall in and drown."


Valerie Littrell – Broker/Owner– 573-216-4991 – ABR, GRI

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