Earth slide closes highway across Table Rock Dam

Tuesday, April 26, 2011 | 7:00 a.m. CDT; updated 10:21 a.m. CDT, Tuesday, April 26, 2011

BRANSON — Relentless rain caused a 40-yard section of land to slide down the north side of Table Rock Dam, prompting state officials to close the highway across the dam.

Greg Oller, manager of the dam, says the concrete dam itself is not in danger.

But state highway 165 in southwest Missouri was closed Monday out of concern for the public. It will be closed indefinitely.

Oller says engineers determined Monday that the dam and embankment that approaches it from the north are safe.

The Springfield News-Leader reports that workers will sandbag the area until the rain ends, then bring in topsoil when the area dries out.

Oller says a 40-by-30 yard section of topsoil collapsed. The topsoil sits on top of a 35-foot-thick core of compacted clay.


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