As of approximately 12:00PM on Friday, April 28, 2017, the City of Branson established an emergency proclamation signed by Branson Mayor Karen Best. This proclamation was made in anticipation of potential flooding expected to occur as water is released from the Tablerock Dam by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers in the next 24-48 hours.Thunderstorms are expected to approach the Branson area late Friday evening with heavy rainfall expected through Sunday. Since lake levels are already high at Beaver, Tablerock, Taneycomo and Bull Shoals lakes and ground is saturated from recent rainfall, the Corps of Engineers expects to open the gates of Beaver and Tablerock Dams to control water levels across the White River Basin.According to Branson Fire Chief Ted Martin, “We have been in continuous communication with the Corps and the National Weather Service since yesterday morning, making preparations well in advance of the predictions to ensure the safety of our residents and visitors. Currently, the forecast is calling for rainfall amounts of approximately 4” or higher. We have established the emergency proclamation for the city and have made preparations to assign city staff and resources to assist in any necessary emergency response, rescue, and mitigate risks of damage to critical infrastructure throughout the city.”Communication is key and all residents and visitors are being asked to STAY INFORMED via multiple information resources available through the City of Branson:1. Social Media – updates will be posted first to City of Branson Facebook pages at www.Facebook.com/CityBranson, www.Facebook.com/BransonMOFireRescue, and then to www.Facebook.com/BransonPolice. 2. BransonALERTS now carries the option for users to subscribe to receive updates specific to Lake Taneycomo flooding. This is a free subscription service provided to all community members wherein users can select to receive updates via SMS/Text message to mobile devices, email, and automatic telephone calls. Visit http://mo-branson.civicplus.com/390/Branson-Alerts, then click the “Everbridge” option to get started. Select “Lake Taneycomo Emergencies” to receive flood-related updates. 3. Local media like Hometown Radio 106.3FM will broadcast updates as received from Branson Fire Rescue Emergency Management Division.4. Residents and businesses are highly encouraged to use a NOAA Weather Radio within their homes or places of business as they continue to be the most reliable source for in-home information, and run on batteries during losses of power. “Now is the time to create a plan for evacuation to a safe place, and motorists should turn around if approaching any roadway covered by water to eliminate the risk of drowning or having a car swept off the road,” added Fire Chief Ted Martin. “We need everyone to pull together to ensure that their families, neighbors and others have a plan of action and a safe place to shelter, prepare an emergency kit containing clothing, medication, money, insurance cards, and any other essential documents or personal belongings needed for up to three days. Be prepared to respond quickly if requested to evacuate areas along Lake Taneycomo.”For more information, contact Branson Fire Rescue Emergency Management Division at: 417.337-8584 during business hours, Branson Emergency Communications Center at 417.334.3440, or send email to BransonEMA@BransonMO.gov. Media inquiries may be directed to Jennifer Langford, City of Branson Communications Manager at JLangford@BransonMO.gov, or via text message at 417.337.0017 throughout the emergency period.