State Approves Plan for SeMo Reservoir Clean-Up

JULY 13, 2006 - Posted at 3:43 p.m. CDT

JEFFERSON CITY, MO - The state says AmerenUE can enter into the next round of the Taum Sauk reservoir failure.

The departments of Natural Resources and Conservation have approved a plan to drain water out of a Taum Sauk reservoir to clean up sediments left over from the December accident.  That could result in higher water levels on the East Fork of the Black River.

The work is to begin soon and is expected to take three to five months.

The Taum Sauk reservoir breach unleased a billion gallons of water down a mountainside, washing out Johnson's Shut-Ins State Park and injuring the family of the park superintendent.

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