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Engineers say reservoir should be rebuilt with concrete

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By AP/KWMU

St. Louis, MO – A group of engineers studying the collapse in December of Ameren'a Taum Sauk reservoir say the structure should be rebuilt with concrete because simply repairing the structure is not an option.

The recommendation is part of a report by four consultants hired by Ameren as required by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission. A spokeswoman for the company says the report is preliminary.

The reservoir failure caused more than one billion gallons of water to flow down a mountain and through Johnson's Shut-Ins State Park. Five members of a family were injured but survived. That family recently reached a settlement with Ameren for monetary damages.

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