Roaring River staff receive state award

Wednesday, November 25, 2015
Members of Roaring River State Park's Emergency Flood Response Team recently received the Masterpiece Award from Missouri State Parks for their efforts during cleanup and recovery efforts after wide-spread flooding hit Barry County this summer. Front row, from left: Mary Melancon, Elise Buchman, Tim Smith and Park Manager Kerry Hays. Back row: Missouri State Parks Director Bill Bryan, Leon Mahurin, Randall Norman and Assistant Director Denny Bopp. Not pictured: Assistant Park Manager Cheyne Matzenbacher and Ranger Steve Jabben. Contributed photo

8 employees recognized for flood recovery efforts

Staff from the Emergency Flood Response Team at Roaring River State Park recently received an esteemed award from Missouri State Parks for their cleanup efforts this summer.

The individuals named on the award included: Park Manager Kerry Hays, Assistant Manager Cheyne Matzenbacher, Leon Mahurin, Mary Melancon, Randal Norman, Elise Buchman, Ranger Steve Jabben and Tim Smith. All eight were recognized and presented with the Masterpiece Award at the park's annual meeting Oct. 28.

"The response to this event was truly a team effort, and staff is honored to be recognized with this award," Hays said. "Many individuals were involved in the cleanup following the flood, and we received additional help from the Department of Conservation and the Department of Transportation. Additionally, staff members from other state parks were involved with the cleanup efforts."

The award is peer-nominated. Staff have also been recognized in the past for their care and management of the park.

"Over the years, individual staff members at the park and other teams have been recognized for their efforts," Hays said.

On July 7, Roaring River saw its waters rise 4-6 feet in a matter of 10 minutes, leaving a layer of silt throughout the park and damaging baffles and some playground and picnic equipment.

The park was closed for nearly three days while the cleanup was completed.

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