February 2, 2006 Linkage


State Highpoint News

Mt. Hood snowpack 122 percent of average

05:34 PM PST on Tuesday, January 31, 2006
More than three times the amount of snow has fallen this year atop Mount Hood than last year, reaping benefits for Oregon ski areas, resorts and snow tire installers. That’s 122 percent of average snowfall for this time of year. Statewide, the snowfall numbers are even higher, at 130 percent of average. “We had some really nice snowfall for the month of January,” said Jon Lea, a hydrologist with the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Natural Resource Conservation Service. “Last year was pretty skimpy. This is a whole lot different than it was last year.”
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Ameren Only Had to Check 4 Items At Taum Sauk Reservoir Once A Week


Ameren has released its last inspection (Dec. 8, 2005) of the Taum Sauk Upper Reservoir that collapsed on Dec. 14.
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Ameren: New Madrid Quake Not At Fault in Taum Sauk Disaster


Ameren in a report to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission says it does not believe a 1.9 earthquake 100 miles to the southeast on the New Madrid fault played any role six hours later in the December 14, 2005, Taum Sauk Reservoir collapse.
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Spin Control: Ameren Blames It on Rita for September Taum Sauk Overflow


A press release from Ameren says the September overflow at Taum Sauk was caused by waves from Hurricane Rita.
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Why Isn't Ameren Showing Contrition Over Taum Sauk Disaster?


You really have to wonder why Ameren has not been showing any contrition in the Taum Sauk disaster.
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Taum Sauk Reservoir Overflowed in September


The Taum Sauk Reservoir had a Niagra Falls style overflow on September 26 at the same spot that collapsed on December 14 — one day after the reservoir received an engineering award.
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Last Taum Sauk Child Goes Home


Tanner Toops, the last child injured in the Taum Sauk disaster has gone home.
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Overweight Trucks Permitted to Carry Away Taum Sauk Debris


Gov. Blunt has issued an order permitting overweight trucks to carry away Taum Sauk debris.
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Sophisticated LIDAR Mapping of Taum Sauk Disaster


Sanborn CEO John Copple today announced the company has been contracted to provide high-density lidar data to the state of Missouri to support restoration efforts in the ruin caused by a wall of water that rushed through a rural area in south-central Missouri, which included significant portions of the historic Johnson’s Shut-ins State Park.
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Taum Sauk Dubbed Brokeback Mountain


A John Darkow cartoon in the Columbia Tribune on December 18 depicts the Taum Sauk disaster as “Brokeback Mountain.”
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