Mississippi county OKs plan to drain lake with failing dam

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STARKVILLE, Miss. (AP) – Leaders in a Mississippi county have approved a plan to drain a lake where officials say a dam could fail after days of heavy rain.

The Starkville Daily News reports that Oktibbeha County supervisors endorsed the proposal during a meeting Thursday.

The Army Corps of Engineers would provide technical assistance with the project.

Officials say the lake has nearly doubled in size following heavy rains, and seepage through the earthen dam caused a landslide that threatens the entire structure.

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