Clark Mountain Musings

Sunday, January 15, 2006

The Taum Sauk Reservoir rupture displayed warning signs

This is really big, so read article at St Louis Post-Dispatch closely...

"A gush of water spilled over the northwest wall of the Taum Sauk reservoir in late September and led to warnings that more overflowing could lead to a collapse, according to an internal AmerenUE e-mail. Less than three months later, the reservoir ruptured in the same spot, releasing more than a billion gallons of water that surged through Johnson’s Shut-Ins State Park.

Cooper’s e-mail, sent to several Ameren supervisors, said employees described the incident as “Niagara Falls.” “Overflowing the upper reservoir is obviously an absolute ‘NO-NO,’” Cooper’s e-mail said, noting that it would “cause eventual failure . . . Those kind of headlines we don’t need.”

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