Skip to comments.50,000 people have 90 mins evacuate, dam about to break near Percy Quinn State Park
Posted on 08/30/2012 8:58:15 AM PDT by TSgt
50,000 people have 90 mins evacuate area near Tangipahoa River; dam about to break near Percy Quinn State Park. #nbc33isaac
Lake is 300 acres a full pool with average depth of 8’.
Lake is well above pool and also has a couple flooded creeks feeding the lake. These areas are holding a lot of water and all this will drain down.
Tangipahoa River is also probably extremely high which doesn’t give any breathing room. Also, the Tangipahoa is pretty narrow and a shallow river south of Kentwood.
Dam close to failing leads to mandatory evacuation along Tangipahoa River
PIKE COUNTY, MS (WAFB) -
Tangipahoa Parish is calling for a mandatory evacuation of all areas along the Tangipahoa River after officials were notified a dam in southern Mississippi is close to failing.
Officials said Mississippi Emergency Management notified GOHSEP and Tangipahoa Parish Government the dam at Lake Tangipahoa at Percy Quinn State Park is failing. Pike County officials said the dam has not yet failed.
Tangipahoa Parish President Gordon Burgess then issued the mandatory evacuation order. Shelter locations are as follows:
Hammond West Side Elementary Montessori School
Hammond Jr. High Magnet School
Natalbany Elementary School
Nesom Middle School
Amite High School
Kentwood High Magnet School
The National Weather Service issued a flash flood warning for southwestern Pike County in southern Mississippi after the emergency management officials determined the dam would probably fail.
Forecasters expect severe flooding downstream along the Tangipahoa River from west of the McComb Airport and Magnolia to Osyka.
The water level is expected to rise nearly eight feet below the dam to six feet at Osyka. The river stage at Osyka is currently 14.8 feet.
The weather service said this is a flash flood emergency for all low-lying areas along the Tangipahoa River, including Osyka.
Prayers for the safety of all concerned.
Ugh! I thought we had dodged this bullet.
I assume it is another campaign day for Obama?
Is the dam being over-topped, undercut or crumbling?
Not that it matters all that much downstream, I’m just curious.
This is worse than Katrina. The damn storm has been sitting on that fish bowl for too long. May G-d help the people of LA and MS!
I’m surprised NBC acknowledged this - it’s not New Orleans....
Gosh! Prayers up!
Hmmm .... looking at a map, I don’t see how this dam break would affect 50,000 people.
That’s bad. With half of Louisiana without power, let’s hope most have battery powered radios going and will learn about the threat.
Ironically, this Dam was scheduled for a major reconstruction, beginning NEXT WEEK, with the lake water level lowered 10 feet.
Via the Weather Channel, per NOAA:
100 ft. Breach in earthen dam, expected to grow larger
But then, we're talking about soaking wet swamp land, aren't we?
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