Rebuilding the reservoir

Nearly two years after the Taum Sauk reservoir collapsed, investigations and legal wrangling have left the park — and the community — in limbo.
Saturday, August 18, 2007 | 2:00 a.m. CDT; updated 11:49 p.m. CDT, Monday, July 21, 2008

Trees encroach upon the winding road to Johnson’s Shut-Ins State Park. As you cross a bridge, the forest opens into a valley and an expanse of bare dirt and boulders where the park campground once stood. Entering the park is a split reality, with a chain-link fence bordering heavy machinery at work on the left and an intact forest on the right.