Small Missouri city residents frustrated by shrinking lake
BLACKBURN (AP) — Blackburn residents say they're frustrated with a company that won't maintain the pond it built next to its railroad tracks in the town.
Kansas City Southern tells The Kansas City Star that it no longer needs a reserve of water next to its tracks in Blackburn, and that it isn't aware of any agreements obligating the company to maintain the pond for use by the community of about 250 people.
A small dam busted last year after heavy rains, causing most of the pond to empty out. It has since turned mostly to mud.
Local officials say the pond's state puts a volunteer force in danger of not having water the next time there is a fire in the town.
Blackburn is about 70 miles east of Kansas City.
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