Wednesday, December 14, 2005

A Lake Leaks in the Ozarks

It's just a lake that leaks, no story here.

LESTERVILLE, Mo. (AP) - Water poured through a breach at a hydroelectric plant's rural reservoir in southeast Missouri on Wednesday morning, washing away homes and vehicles, authorities said.

A family of five was rescued after the breach about 5:30 a.m. at AmerenUE's Taum Sauk Lake Hydroelectric Plant, the Reynolds County Sheriff's Department said.

One person had been feared missing, but was later accounted for, sheriff's dispatcher Ginger Bell told CNN.

Conditions along the Black River, where the plant is situated, were considered dangerous, the National Weather Service said.

The AP story isn't very clear about the nature of the "water escape," as one engineer phrased it.

Weather wasn't a factor, and the company that operates the hydro-electric facility there says equipment failure also was ruled out.

So where did the water come from? You'd think someone would know. Another little mystery to add to a growing collection.

Although CNN and Fox News carried the story, it wasn't even mentioned on radio news feeds or Drudge.

When it comes to flooding, between the tsunami and katrina, the threshold of interest level seems to have been reset to a higher level.


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