IEEE Power & Energy Magazine - November/December 2016 - 35

When the Power
System Created
a Weather Disaster

Watch Out
for Flooding

M

Many weather disasters can adversely
impact the power system: thunderstorms initiating a blackout
of new york city on 13 July 1977, an ice storm severely damaging the transmission system in southern Quebec in 1998,
and countless hurricanes and tornadoes that have knocked
out service to customers for weeks at a time. the reverse can
also happen: the power system is capable of creating a weather
disaster. this happened in southeastern Missouri in the early
morning of 14 december 2005, when so much water was

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pumped into the upper reservoir of the taum sauk pump storage plant that it overflowed, resulting in a devastating flood
that destroyed a house, stranded three motorists, and did significant damage in and around a state park. luckily, no one
was killed, and most of the water ended up in the plant's lower
reservoir, which was largely able to contain the flow and prevent further damage downstream.
the maps in Figures 1 and 2 show the topography of
the area. the upper reservoir of the taum sauk plant was
formed by the construction of a 6,562-ft-long dike, which
was completed in 1963 (Figure 3). after settling 1-2 ft
over a 40-year period, the elevation at the top of this dike

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