Pressure building on Oktibbeha County Lake dam

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UPDATE: 1/15/2020 12:09 a.m.

STARKVILLE, Miss. (AP) – Mississippi authorities say pressure remains heavy  on a dam at a rain-swollen lake in the rural northeastern part of the state.

Officials have urged evacuation of the area near Oktibbeha County Lake. An inspection of the dam Tuesday led to warnings that it was in danger of failing.

Officials said Wednesday that the lake level rose at least a foot overnight and pressure on the dam remained heavy. A breach would affect around 130 properties.

Officials said they’ve talked to about 25 residents who are considering leaving. But some told The Associated Press they aren’t yet ready to leave.

Courtesy: MEMA

UPDATE: 1/14/2020 6:06 p.m.

STARKVILLE, Miss. (AP) – Emergency management officials say heavy rains could cause the failure of a dam in rural northeastern Mississippi. Officials are urging residents near Oktibbeha County Lake to evacuate.

While the evacuation is not mandatory, officials say residents near the dam should relocate to a safer distance.

The number of people affected wasn’t immediately clear. Officials say there are about 130 property addresses in the area.

A two-year Associated Press investigation found that Mississippi has one of the nation’s highest numbers of dams that pose dangers and are in poor or unsatisfactory condition. 


STARKVILLE, Miss. (AP) – Emergency management officials in one Mississippi county say heavy rains could cause a failure in the dam at Oktibbeha County Lake and they’re urging residents near there to evacuate as a precaution.

Oktibbeha County Emergency Management Agency Director Karen Campanella said Tuesday the county engineer inspected the dam and reported extremely high water levels in the lake and noted the dam could go at any time.

The Oktibbeha County Board of Supervisors has issued a warning and activated the emergency action plan. While the evacuation is not mandatory, Campanella says residents near the dam should relocate to a safer distance. 

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