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Initial Cause for Semo Reservoir Collapse Likely Several Months Away

MARCH 22, 2006 - Posted at 4:59 p.m. CST

 

JEFFERSON CITY, MO - A federal official says determining why the retaining wall collapsed around a southeast Missouri reservoir will take several months.

Constantine Tjoumas heads the division of dam safety and inspections in the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission.  He spoke yesterday to the Missouri Public Service Commission.

Tjoumas told the panel that three independent consultants will handle the investigation at the Taum Sauk reservoir, which is owned by utility company AmerenUE.

About one billion gallons of water cascaded down a hillside when the wall gave way in December.

Forensics results from the utility are expected within the next two weeks.  Tjoumas says a preliminary report could follow within three weeks, with a final report possible in the summer.

(Copyright 2006 by The Associated Press.  All Rights Reserved.)

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