Clark Mountain Musings

Wednesday, January 11, 2006

Documents say walls at failed Taum Sauk reservoir sagged for years

From the Park Hills Daily Journal, "Walls of the Taum Sauk reservoir had been slowly sinking for decades before the mountaintop dam burst last month, according to federal safety inspection documents. By 1997, some stretches of the southeast Missouri reservoir had sunk as much as 1.6 feet and could have settled more since then, according to Federal Energy Regulatory Commission documents obtained by the Associated Press. As the reservoir settled, a concrete wall surrounding the top of the earthen dam was also gradually buckling."


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