Efforts Underway to Recover Damaged State Park where Reservoir Failed

FEBRUARY 10, 2006 - Posted at 8:05 a.m. CST

JOHNSON'S SHUT-INS STATE PARK, MO - The Missouri Department of Natural Resources is carving out a new park from tons of rubble that now cover Johnson's Shut-Ins State Park.

The park was buried under mud and boulders after the Taum Sauk reservoir collapsed in December.  AmerenUE, which owns the reservoir, is paying for all the clean-up work.

State officials say the park will never be the same, but they hope to have it open for tourists by this summer.

A rocky canyon full of natural pools in the park remained largely undamaged by the flood.

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