MDC Little River Conservation Area closed indefinitely due to flood damage

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CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo. – The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) announces Little River Conservation Area (CA) in Dunklin and Pemiscot counties is closed to the public due to flooding.

The area entrance, five miles east of Kennett on Highway 412, has washed out due to flood damage. The culverts under the entrance road have washed out and the entrance is no longer accessible by vehicle, according to the area's manager, Tommy Marshall.

"We're working to get it fixed and will notify the public as soon as we open the area," Marshall said.

Little River CA contains the 150-acre Jerry P. Combs Lake, as well as floodway ditch numbers 1, 66, 81, 251, and 259. The area also contains 103 acres of reforested bottomland hardwood, 477 acres of marshes, and 306 acres in use as agricultural fields.

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