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Wappapello still recovering from last year's flood

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Water overflowed the temporary levee at Lake Wappapello, washing over Hwy. T in May 2011. (Source: Tyler Profilet) Water overflowed the temporary levee at Lake Wappapello, washing over Hwy. T in May 2011. (Source: Tyler Profilet)
Hwy T washed out the Dam at Lake Wappapello (Source: St. Louis District, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers) Hwy T washed out the Dam at Lake Wappapello (Source: St. Louis District, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers)
This is what Highway T looked like after the water receded. This is what Highway T looked like after the water receded.
Highway T is still washed out one year later. Highway T is still washed out one year later.
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LAKE WAPPAPELLO, MO (KFVS) -

On May 2 one year ago, water began rushing over the emergency spillway at Lake Wappapello.

Water at the lake crested at an all time high of more than 400 feet, washing out Highway T and causing flooding down the St. Francis River.

The Missouri Department of Transportation originally looked into building a bridge to replace the highway, but a $2.1 million price tag took that option off the table.

Now, a new road is being built further from the spillway.

And although the Army Corps of Engineers at Wappapello say the constructions like the dam and spillway worked as designed, they learned a lot during last year's flood.

"The biggest thing we learned is that we need a better notification system for people downstream," said John Daves with the Army Corps of Engineers.

The corps at Wappapello says the dam at the lake worked properly during the flood, and shows no signs of damage beyond regular maintenance.

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