New Report: SeMo Reservoir Should be Rebuilt with Concrete

MARCH 3, 2006 - Posted at 3:16 p.m. CST

ST. LOUIS, MO - Ameren Corporation's Taum Sauk reservoir should be rebuilt with concrete because simply repairing the structure is not an option.  So says a group of engineers looking into the December collapse of the reservoir.

The recommendation cited in today's St. Louis Post-Dispatch is part of a report by four consultants hired by Ameren as required by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission.

A spokeswoman for the company says the report is preliminary.

The reservoir failure caused more than one billion gallons of water to flow down a mountain and through Johnson's Shut-Ins State Park.  Five members of a family were injured but survived.

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