Criminal Investigation Proceding in SeMo Reservoir Failure

JANUARY 27, 2006 - Posted at 8:10 a.m. CST

ST. LOUIS, MO - The Missouri Attorney General's office will conduct a criminal investigation into a southeast Missouri reservoir rupture.

A judge in Reynolds County appointed Attorney General Jay Nixon's office as a special prosecutor in the case after the county prosecutor determined he had a conflict of interest.

Nixon says his office will work with the Missouri Highway Patrol to determine if charges are warranted.

The December 14 rupture at the reservoir at AmerenUE's Taum Sauk hyrdoelectric plant outside of Lesterville released more than one billion gallons of water.

The torrent caused extensive damage to Johnson's Shut-Ins State Park.  It destroyed the park superintendent's home and injured his three children.

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