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Officials pumping out water in effort to save crumbling dam

LAMAR COUNTY — Officials are using pumps to drop water levels in an earthen dam at the southern end of the Lake Serene system in Lamar County near Hattiesburg that was damaged by the heavy rains of Hurricane Isaac. More than a foot of rain that fell in the area last week saturated the barrier between Oak Grove and Stump ...

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Weakened dam prompts precautionary evacuation

LAMAR COUNTY — A portion of the Buccaneer Drive Dam that separates two lakes in Lamar County is sliding, which could cause flooding downstream, so emergency management officials have called for a precautionary evacuation. The sliding, initially reported Monday, is also causing cracks on the roadway. WDAM-TV reports there is no immediate danger and the dam — located at the ...

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Officials continue to drain swollen lake; dam still holding

PIKE COUNTY — Gov. Phil Bryant and local emergency officials are meeting today to discuss the next step in dealing with a lake swollen with rain from the remnants of Isaac inside a southwest Mississippi park. The 2,300-foot-long earthen dam — a levee on which a two-lane roadway runs — has not been breached. Yesterday, authorities began a controlled release ...

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Percy Quin lake to be drained for dam, spillway repairs

MCCOMB — Visitors to Percy Quin State Park will see a rare sight this fall — the bottom of the lake. Park manager Will Busby said the lake would be lowered an estimated six feet to 10 feet for repairs to the dam and spillway valve. Busby said the Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries and Parks would take bids in ...

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Judge to hear proposed settlement of Big Bay dam lawsuit

HATTIESBURG — A judge has scheduled a hearing today in Hattiesburg to discuss a proposal for division of a $1-million settlement reached in a lawsuit stemming from the 2004 collapse of Big Bay Lake Dam. The Hattiesburg American reports Circuit Judge Tony Mozingo will hear from a court-appointed “special master” charged with recommending how to split the money among 105 ...

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