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?
Prepare, and pray for the folks who will be affected.
Pinging the preppers’ list. For all those who think it can’t happen or there’s no need to prepare for the future, here’s a perfect example. Ya just never know.
Always ask: could you evacuate in 90 minutes or less? Do you have a go-bag packed? Do you have a bag for your car, and one you can carry on your back?
Wasn’t the land already waterlogged before the hurricane hit? I thought I heard that.
You weren’t on the ping list I copied.
Prayers that they have time to get people warned and to safety.
A dam at Percy Quinn State Park in Pike County is having structural problems, and workers are sandbagging its base today due to rains from Tropical Storm Isaac, and a levee break just across the Mississippi state line threatens 60,000 people and is forcing emergency evacuations.
The expected levee break is near Kentwood, La.
In some places at the dam near McComb, the earth has washed away at the base, said Mississippi Emergency Management Agency spokesman Greg Flynn.
The Department of Environmental Quality and the Corps of Engineers are sandbagging around that area.
Agricultural land, and not residential, could be impacted, Flynn said.
The area is not far from the Louisiana border and Tangipahoa Parish, where a mandatory evacuation was ordered this morning because of a potential levee breach.
The expected levee break at Lake Tangipahoa was expected to allow a torrent of water south. The evacuation will affect between 50,000 and 60,000 people, news reports say.
The people of Tangipahoa Parish knew Hurricane Isaac was on its way and knew that the dam could break.
Why did they not evacuate before the storm?
Where are the school busses to evacuate these people?
Those folks have my prayers.
Looks like McComb is going to end up the Best Town by a Dam Site.
Any takers? ;-)
Amite Police going door-to-door to inform residents of the evacuation below the dam along the Tangi River
McComb, MS mayor: “People need to be moving. They need to get out in case the dam does fail.”
Civil emergency message for Pike County. Evac along the river below the dam. River crest at record at Osyka due to expected dam failure.
God granting miracles
A religious man is on top of a roof during a great flood. A man comes by in a boat and says “get in, get in!” The religous man replies, “ no I have faith in God, he will grant me a miracle.”
Later the water is up to his waist and another boat comes by and the guy tells him to get in again. He responds that he has faith in god and god will give him a miracle. With the water at about chest high, another boat comes to rescue him, but he turns down the offer again cause “God will grant him a miracle.”
With the water at chin high, a helicopter throws down a ladder and they tell him to get in, mumbling with the water in his mouth, he again turns down the request for help for the faith of God. He arrives at the gates of heaven with broken faith and says to Peter, I thought God would grand me a miracle and I have been let down.” St. Peter chuckles and responds, “I don’t know what you’re complaining about, we sent you three boats and a helicopter.”
Lordy, lordy! Prayers with the people and emergency personnel
Curiously, it seems the dam was scheduled for repair in just a month or so, according to this article -
"Wasnt the land already waterlogged before the hurricane hit? I thought I heard that."
And just like the people in New Orleans who failed to evacuate when they were warned about Katrina.
WLBT-TV Facebook Post:
EMERGENCY MEMA ~ DUE TO THE DAM FAILURE...water levels on the Tangipahoa river near Chatawa and Oskya will rise quickly. If you live in these areas LEAVE IMMEDIATELY FOR HIGHER GROUND.
By Marsha Thompson WLBT Anchor
To quote Richard Pryor:
Mudbone:.”...everybody in the world knows there ain’t a n!$$@^ in the world can stop no water when it want to go...”
Most of the population is 40-50 miles downriver in Louisiana near Lake Ponchartrain.
Good pic. Thanks.
One of my very favorite God jokes....the number one spot is about God, scientists, and .....dirt.
May God keep watch over all in the path.
There is levee breached farther downstream, that has breached. Water from this dam would flow through that breach.