By Tom Uhlenbrock
Missouri State Parks
EAST PRAIRIE, Mo. – The welcome sign is back up at Big Oak Tree State Park in the far southeast corner of Missouri.
The sign was toppled in early May when the Army Corps of Engineers blew holes in a levee and let the overflowing Mississippi rush into the New Madrid Floodway. Big Oak Tree, and the nearby Towosahgy State Historic Site, are within the 130,000-acre floodway.
Floodwaters reached 16 feet deep at the park’s visitor center.
Big Oak Tree was closed temporarily, but has re-opened.