Taum Sauk Supervisor Questioned on Reservoir Collapse

JEFFERSON CITY, MO - The #2 man at the Taum Sauk hydroelectric plant says he doesn't recall ever checking on the reservoir's emergency water sensors.

Jeff Scott was the supervisor for power production and engineering when water rushed over the top of the mountain reservoir in September 2005.  Scott says he adjusted the reservoir's water-level sensors as a result.

But Scott says he doesn't recall checking a separate emergency system that was supposed to be triggered when water levels got too high.

In December 2005, water again washed over the top of the reservoir, this time collapsing its wall and unleashing a torrent of water that destroyed a state park and injured several people.

It later was determined the emergency water sensors were set too high to be effective.

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