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Johnson's Shut-Ins to reopen Memorial Day weekend

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By AP/KWMU

Lesterville, Mo. – Just in time for the tourism season, Johnson's Shut-Ins State Park is about to reopen.

The popular state park was badly damaged when Ameren Corporation's Taum Sauk hydroelectric plant reservoir broke in December.

After five months of cleanup, the Missouri Department of Natural Resources plans to open the park May 27th.

It will be open for day-use only through the fall. Swimming and camping will be prohibited.

Visitors will be able to view the damage caused when the reservoir gave way, sending about one billion gallons of water down the side of a mountain and gushing through the park.

No one was killed, but the park was left covered in thick silt and clay.

Ameren is paying for cleanup.

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