Ameren Trivializes Taum Sauk Disaster On New Website

Nearly two months after Ameren nearly killed Taum Sauk superintent Jerry Troop and his family and young children in a 12-minute tsunami nightmare that washed them out of their home in the wee hours of the morning the utility has finally launched a website talking about the disaster.

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Ameren’s Taum Sauk Chemicals Change Black River From Brown to Aqua But Not Clear

Ameren is making much of its 500,000 gallon floculation treatment of the lower Taum Sauk reservoir to settle debris from the December 14 collapse that unleashed a billion gallon 12 minute Missouri tsunami on the normaly placid Black River.

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FBI Investigating Whether Ameren’s Taum Sauk Computers Were Sabotaged

The FBI has been called in to investigate whether sabotage of Ameren’s computer’s caused the Dec. 14 Taum Sauk reservoir collapse.

On Ameren’s Taum Sauk website is this note:

The Missouri State Highway Patrol’s Division of Drug and Crime Control has commenced an investigation into the Taum Sauk Reservoir breach. At the Patrol’s request, the FBI joined the patrol in the investigation. A team of FBI computer forensic investigators will work with the patrol to assess the security of AmerenUE’s computer operational systems. AmerenUE is cooperating fully with the investigation.

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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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