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New and Improved Taum Sauk Reservoir

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By Lakisha Jackson By Lakisha Jackson
By Lakisha Jackson By Lakisha Jackson
By Lakisha Jackson By Lakisha Jackson
By Lakisha Jackson By Lakisha Jackson
By Lakisha Jackson By Lakisha Jackson

(KMOV) -- In 2005, the Taum Sauk Reservoir became known as a tragic event in Missouri’s history. Today, it is successfully rebuilt and running full-force.

In December of 2005, a failure in the upper reservoir led to the release of one and a half billion gallons of water. This water led a destructive path straight through Johnson Shut-Ins State Park and swept away the superintendent’s home, injuring his three children.

Four and a half years later, the rebuilt reservoir has plenty of features and safety precautions to help ensure an event like the one in 2005 never happens again.

Most notably, the Taum Sauk has more concrete than the Hoover Dam, including a 100-foot tall, three-foot thick wall that surrounds the entire 54-acre reservoir.

This wall is more than two feet higher than the water should ever come. If the water did happen to make it over the 100-foot concrete fortress, there is a new drainage system to handle the overflow.

Another safety feature of the rebuilt reservoir is its nine security cameras throughout the acreage. This allows for around the clock surveillance by a 24-hour monitoring staff.

These are just a few of the five safety measures the new Taum Sauk Reservoir touts.

Along with the re-opening of the reservoir, is the re-opening of the Johnson Shut-Ins State Park which occurred last week.

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