We’re Still Here!
Floating Takes on a Whole New Meaning at OORR~
You don’t operate this kind of business without watching weather forecasts, river conditions, and ground saturation closely. Yet, there’s no way for any human being to accurately predict what will happen when six to seven inches of rain is anticipated, overlaying pre-soaked topsoil. However, from years of experience in this industry, we know long-term deluges typically cause big rises in the rivers, whereas short heavy bursts more often create flash flooding in our creeks. When forecasters gave advance warning of recent rains, we knew we had to move what we could to higher ground.
For several heart-palpitating hours, we watched the river rise in yet another 500 year flood event. The second in seven years. Not your ordinary day at the office.
It took us two years to fully clean up and rebuild after the March ’08 floodwaters poured through. Eighteen inches inside our store was not a laughing matter. When this flood exceeded two feet inside the Meramec Mercantile, our resolve to smile was tested — but with determination and teamwork we’re passing the test.
Most of you can relate, as first-time road closings around our state were reported one after the other. Some of you are scooping, squeegeeing, and shoveling like us. We feel your drain.
Closing Temporarily for Repairs
With four months before warm weather hits, we are already hard at work. After we remove and rinse the mud and sludge away, toss those items we cannot salvage, tear out fixtures destroyed by the raging rush, we’ll finally be ready to begin the rebuild.
Due to the volume of restoration we must tackle, a period of focusing our full attention on cleanup and construction needs is crucial. We estimate this concentrated effort of will require 30-60 days, taking us into early February or March. During this phase, Ozark Outdoors Riverfront Resort will be closed for much of the time, though we will be available to take your 2016 reservations.
If between now and March 1st you wish to be our guest, we ask that you call before driving down, in order to determine if we will have the ability to accommodate your requests. It is important to us that we serve our customers and not disappoint, so dialing 573-245-6437 will allow us to either meet your expectations now, or help us guide you to a better experience at a later date.
If you are cleaning up after the recent deluge, here are some excellent sites with helpful tips and checklists. Wishing you well until we see you soon! Happy 2016.
“It is not power that drives a river to carve sculptures from rock, but through its persistence. Successful people carve their endeavors the same way.” ~ Anita Agers Brooks
“Never test the depth of a river with both feet.” ~Warren Buffet