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Collapsed Reservoir

Kansas City, MO: (Nov-28-07) The state brought charges against AmerenUE, a Missouri subsidiary of Ameren Corp., following the collapse of the Taum Sauk Reservoir in eastern Missouri. Records show that the collapse occurred due to equipment problems, which resulted in a failure at the mountaintop hydroelectric reservoir, operated by the AmerenUE. The collapse unleashed a 1.3 billion-gallon wall of water that rolled down a hill, smashing trees and pushing muddy debris into streams. The result was a heavily damaged Johnson's Shut-Ins State Park and injuries to the park superintendent's family.

As part of a settlement reached, Ameren Corp. agreed to a $180 million payout to resolve the dispute. The settlement would bring long-sought benefits for Kansas City trail enthusiasts. Sources claimed that the bulk of the settlement, $103 million, will repair damages caused by the collapse and the state is granted permission to build an extension of the Katy Trail on a 46-mile segment of the former Rock Island line that Ameren controls from Windsor to Pleasant Hill. Currently, the Katy Trail runs through Windsor toward the western terminus at Clinton. Further, Ameren also will give Missouri $18 million to construct that segment of the trail, which will be built beside, rather than on, the rail bed. [KANSAS CITY STAR: COLLAPSED RESERVOIR]

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Published on Nov-29-07


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