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Was Truman's Engineering/Planning Flawed?

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I have done more duck hunting than fishing on Truman as Stockton or Table Rock were my usual haunts as a kid to young adult. I do recall several old timers talking about how Truman never filled up like it was supposed to and that some original facilities (like ramps) were built too high. If true maybe that's because they lowered the conservation pool to pad more flood control or just screwed up. I will say there are areas on the west part of the lake that would seem to look like their should be more water under normal conditions. Of course, with record levels now, there is plenty of water everywhere unfortunately. Does anyone know if Truman's normal pool was originally supposed to be higher than 706?

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1 hour ago, MoCarp said:

I was there to see that.  "Thousands" is a gross understatement.  I hope to never see anything like that ever again.

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Now I know the real reason for the Bates County Drainage Ditch. So Truman's design was flawed from the perspective of those adversely affected who still didn't want to believe the government purposely misled them eh? My grandpa who lived in KC used to talk about how the only reason they built it was to protect Lake of the Ozarks. I think it ended up covering some bird hunting areas he liked to go to. He never talked about the lake level or depth part. 

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One of the BIG BIG things is it has a long earthen dam.  It is not impossible that Truman could fail. The first responders have been practicing and making plans should just that ever happen. Right now they are having a problem with two much water in Truman and are planning a big release sometime this mid week. I think sometime mid week.I remember the flooding a couple years ago of several low area places on LOZ. Myself I do not believe they should have ever constructed Truman. But it is very clear they have safety concerns about it. Both the corp and every first responder unit on LOZ has been Practicing and making plans should that ever happen. I think they do not really have control of anything. faced with Climate change. 

There was a bit of good news though in the paper. The Coast Guard is going to start a crackdown on boating on LOZ They can deliver a lt more punishment than the State legislature controlled boat patrol.

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I grew up in Clinton in the fifty's as Truman was being cussed and discussed but it was called Kaysinger back then and you was either for it or against it and there was some serious feelings  about the lake. A lot of the farmers lost their farms and some great crop producing bottom land and I'm sure that there are still some bitter feelings about the lake among the old timers. Myself I was a fisherman so bring it on! I remember a lot of people thought that it was just a big catch basin for the LOZ?

RB

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