UPDATE: As of 3 p.m. May 2, Riverside Road and West McCracken Road are both open, as is Finley River Park.
Two Ozark streets and a park are partially closed due to flooding.
A swelling Finley River covered part of Riverside Road near its intersection with West McCracken Road. Water also filled much of Finley River park following a system of heavy rain that also produced a tornado in Christian County on April 30.
As of May 2, Finley River Park is closed to the public because of high water. The flood waters led the Ozark Department of Public Works to close Riverside Road at the intersection of Third Street and West Jackson Street. West McCracken Road is also closed near North Fourth Street, across from the Ozark Mill near the McCracken Road Bridge, also known as the Mill Pond Bridge
“Once the river recedes we will reopen, at this time it is undetermined when that will occur,” an official statement from the city of Ozark reads.
Homes and businesses along Riverside Road, including the Christian County Library’s Ozark branch, remain accessible to the public by way of East McCracken Road, which connects to downtown Ozark via North Sixth Avenue.