Originally Posted by Oakman
Hopefully I'm not violating a hard and fast rule by posting this link. We stayed at Johnson's Shut-ins State Park a few weeks before the official reopening of the park in 2010. Here's my post w/pics in a different forum about the park. Had the dam burst during the camping season a lot of people would have been killed. The Taum Sauk dam disaster is an amazing story and it's hard to believe the park's superintendant and his family survived the dam break.
RV.Net Open Roads Forum: Johnson's Shut-ins w/pics
Regarding the Taum Sauk disaster...
I'm a controls and automation engineer, and its a suprisingly tight-knit group in the STL area. You can take any 2 automation engineers who are otherwise strangers, and put them in a room and in 10 minutes they will discover 4 or 5 people that they know mutualy.
Anyway, the cause of the disaster has exactly NOTHING to do with the official story that Ameren uses. I have had (many) beers with guys who worked on that system and know what happened. It's a bit technical to go into on this forum, but if we ever bump into each other while camping, I'll tell you the true story.
its not a huge conspiracy or anything. Just a simple chain of mistakes that are hugely embarassing to Ameren in hindsight. Of course, any country boy will tell you that you dont impound a billion gallons of water without a spillway, but, well... There ya go.