Medical Upgrades for Two of Three Children Following SeMo Reservoir Breach

DECEMBER 15, 2005 - Posted at 4:35 p.m. CST

ST. LOUIS, MO - Two of three siblings hospitalized following a reservoir breach that destroyed their home have been upgraded from critical to serious condition.

A 3-year-old, Tara Toop, and her 7-month-old brother, Tucker, have seen improvements since they were admitted to Cardinal Glennon Children's Hospital in St. Louis yesterday.  Hospital spokesman Bob Davidson says their 5-year-old brother, Tanner, remains in critical condition.

The family of Johnson Shut-Ins State Park superintendent Jerry Toops was rescued yesterday, after an Ameren UE reservoir in southeast Missouri ruptured.

Ameren says automated instruments should have recognized the problem but did not.  The utility is trying to figure out why.

About a billion gallons of water poured through the reservoir about 15 miles from Lesterville.

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