Lesterville, MO (KTRS) Today marks the ten year anniversary of the collapse of the Taum Sauk reservoir in southeast Missouri..
A massive wall of water poured down Proffit Mountain on Dec. 14, 2005, when a 700-foot section of the Taum Sauk dam gave way. Fortunately, the campground below the mountain had no visitors. However, the park ranger, his wife and their three children were injured but recovered.
This resulted in the closing of Johnson’s Shut-Ins State Park. The park did not re-opened until 2010.
Ameren Missouri, Taum Sauk’s owner, paid $50 million to help restore the area.