Town Split Over Taum Sauk
Bob Franklin and others who earn their living on the river said Ameren should not rebuild the reservoir. But, Violet Lester, who lives along the river, said the utility company must rebuild.
"They need to do that 100 percent, the need for that dam, because it's so environmentally friendly for one thing and another thing, our county and then the state as well, they need that. They need the revenue off of it," she explained.
For example, Lesterville schools will take a big hit if Ameren doesn't rebuild the reservoir because company taxes pay one-third of the district's bills.
The state is also split when it comes to Ameren UE, with the Department of Natural Resources offering the company an out-of-court settlement while Missouri Attorney General Jay Nixon is suing Ameren because he says its negligence led to the break in the reservoir.
Reported by KSDK's Mike Owens