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I just heard the dam broke at Mc Comb, Mississippi and Homeland  Security has ordered mandatory evacuations along the Tangipahoa River...still trying to find the best reference for it but posting now.
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http://muckrack.com/topic/Tangipahoa%20River 

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http://water.weather.gov/ahps2/ahps_warnings.php?wfo=lix&zone=LAC105,LAZ038 



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Re: BREACH IN THE PERCY QUIN DAM TANGIPAHOA RIVER NEAR MC COMB MISSISSIPPI
« Reply #1 on: August 30, 2012, 08:58:14 AM »
OK I found a reference,  but what I heard on the weather channel was just a few minutes ago and they said the dam did fail already.

Isaac, dam failure prompts mandatory evacuation near Tangipahoa River
Published: Thursday, August 30, 2012, 10:31 AM     Updated: Thursday, August 30, 2012, 10:49 AM
  By Jeff Adelson, The Times-Picayune

http://www.nola.com/hurricane/index.ssf/2012/08/mandatory_evacuation_being_con.html

BATON ROUGE -- Tangipahoa Parish officials have issued a mandatory evacuation for communities near the Tangipahoa River because Percy Quin Dam in Mississippi is expected to fail, officials said Thursday. The dam in Pike County is in imminent danger of failure due to flooding from Hurricane Isaac, officials said.
U.S. Rep. Steve Scalise announced that parish President Gordon Burgess called for immediate, mandatory evacuation on his Facebook page, saying the dam on Lake Tangipahoa is in "extreme danger" of failing.
The evacuation area runs from Kentwood to Robert along the river, he said.
State Police Superintendent Col. Mike Edmonson said Governor's Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness head Kevin Davis was on his way to Tangipahoa to work with Burgess on the evacuation. The National Guard has a helicopter hovering over the dam to monitor the situation, Edmonson said. As of 10:45 the structure was still holding, he said.
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Re: BREACH IN THE PERCY QUIN DAM TANGIPAHOA RIVER NEAR MC COMB MISSISSIPPI
« Reply #2 on: August 30, 2012, 01:27:28 PM »
This article is less than two hours old. Not sure what the very latest update is.
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http://www.jacksonfreepress.com/news/2012/aug/30/percy-quin-dam-damaged-may-fail/

Percy Quin Dam Damaged, May Fail

By Jacob Fuller  Last updated on Thursday, August 30, 2012 1:44 p.m. CDT

Officials are evacuating 19 homes and several businesses in Pike County Mississippi, as the dam at Lake Tangipahoa may fail.

#Tropical Storm Isaac has damaged the dam at Percy Quin State Park just south of McComb, leading officials to evacuate the area below the lake.

#The dam is not leaking, but there is a 50-50 chance the dam will fail, Pike County Deputy Director of Emergency Management Agency Carlene Statham told the JFP.

#"(The dam) has been badly damaged," Statham said. "At this time, we are recommending that if you live below that dam, that you move to a safer place."

#Statham said Pike County EMA director Richard Coghlan is on the scene assisting in the preparations.

#Mississippi officials have not ordered an evacuation, but are urging residents south of the lake, along the Tangipahoa River, to get to safer ground.

#Louisiana officials have ordered a mandatory evacuation of homes along the river, which crosses into Louisiana near the town of Kentwood.

#Firefighters from Pike County pumped water out of the lake and over the spillway Thursday morning, but were unable to keep up with the rising water. Firefighters left the scene a little after 11 a.m., as the water began to flood the road to the spillway.

#Officials from the Department of Environmental Quality, Mississippi Emergency Management Agency, Pike County Sheriff's Department and the Army National Guard were also on site.

#Robbie Wilbur, communications director for the state Department of Environmental Quality, said the department is monitoring the situation.

#Lake Tangipahoa is a 700-acre lake that sits in Percy Quin State Park. The Civilian Conservation Corps constructed the park in the 1930s. The Tangipahoa River feeds the lake.

#Mississippi Emergency Management Agency spokesman Greg Flynn told the Associated Press prisoners are sandbagging an area where part of the dam's base has slid away. He says there are no breaks, no water is coming through and he's been told officials at the scene don't think there's any immediate danger of breaking. The park is in an agricultural area. Flynn said any water pouring through would affect no more than 12 homes in Pike County.

#Army Corps of Engineers spokesman Kavanaugh Brazeale says the corps is standing by to help if state officials ask, but so far has been told it's not needed.

#Park manager Will Busby said in June that Lake Tangipahoa would be drawn down 6 to 10 feet for repairs on the dam and spillway valve--a project that would take all winter.

#Associated Press contributed to this story.

IMAGE: Tropical Storm Isaac has damaged the dam at Percy Quin State Park just south of McComb, leading officials to evacuate the area below the lake. Courtesy BTBSA

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Re: BREACH IN THE PERCY QUIN DAM TANGIPAHOA RIVER NEAR MC COMB MISSISSIPPI
« Reply #3 on: August 31, 2012, 02:10:16 PM »
Mississippi Dam Failure After Isaac   4:17

http://youtu.be/L1dBgFbzMKE

Published on Aug 30, 2012 by firstfridaysrevival
Isaac is threatening a dam in southern Mississippi, leading local officials to order an evacuation.

But even as the rains continued to pour upon flood-ravaged Gulf Coast states, flagging winds got Isaac downgraded to a tropical depression and caused a tropical storm warning from Morgan City, La., to the Mississippi-Alabama border to be discontinued

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« Reply #4 on: August 31, 2012, 02:12:03 PM »
http://in.reuters.com/article/2012/08/30/storm-isaac-dam-idINL2E8JU8KV20120830

UPDATE 1-Louisiana officials order evacuation due to possible dam failure

Thu Aug 30, 2012 10:55pm IST

(Adds details from Louisiana governor)

Aug 30 (Reuters) - Louisiana officials on Thursday ordered people along the Tangipahoa River between the towns of Kentwood and Robert to evacuate due to the expected failure of a dam in Mississippi that was damaged by Tropical Storm Isaac.

Up to 60,0000 people in Louisiana downstream of the Lake Tangipahoa Dam near McComb, Mississippi, have been ordered to leave, Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal said.

The dam, located in Percy Quinn State Park, is about 100 miles (161 km) north of New Orleans, which is not in danger.

The dam was badly damaged in the storm but "has not been breached at this time," said Carlene Statham, deputy director of civil defense in Pike County, Mississippi.

Mississippi officials are planning to intentionally breach it to prevent a failure, Jindal said, calling the situation at the dam "very fluid." If the dam is intentionally breached it would not impact Louisiana, he said.

Officials have ordered residents one mile (1.6 km) on either side of the river to evacuate, and Jindal has ordered buses to the area to help residents leave, Tangipahoa Parish President Gordon Burgess said.

A National Guard helicopter is in the air monitoring the dam, Jindal said. If the dam fails, it would take about 90 minutes for the water to reach Kentwood, he said.

Jindal said he planned to survey the dam with Burgess by air later on Thursday. (Reporting By Chris Baltimore; Editing by Eric Beech)

 

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