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Big Lake State Park reopens three years after flooding

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CRAIG, Mo. -- A Missouri State Park closed for three years after flooding in 2011 reopened this weekend just in time for the Memorial Day holiday.

While Big Lake State Park, located about 95 miles north of downtown Kansas City, has reopened, some say it's just not the same.

Several years ago the Missouri River breached its bank and Big Lake State Park went under several feet of water.

"We used to come down here and dine," Donald Barnett-Clearmont, said. "They had a fine dining room in that main pavilion and you could look out over the lake. It was nice even in the winter time."

The sign directing visitors to the dining lodge still stands, but the buildings are gone.

"We was really heartbroken when we saw all this underwater," Clearmont said.

Clearmont has been coming to the park since he was a kid. He and others like him said since the flood, the park has lost a lot of its charm.

But while Mother Nature has changed the landscape, people who love the park said they haven't lost hope that the park will one day be restored to its former glory.



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