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They have broke into the reporting with a feverish press conference announcing a Mandatory Evacuation down stream from a damaged dam that's been a worry for awhile about the possibility it might blow.

This is the only report so far, popping up on a search with the older ones of only a few hours, of the mandatory call:

Mississippi Dam to Undergo Controlled Breach

August 30, 2012 - Officials are executing a controlled breach of a dam in Mississippi this afternoon to prevent it from failing, and local authorities in Louisiana have ordered the mandatory evacuation of as many as 60,000 people downriver as a precaution against potential flooding.

The breach, which got under way in the early afternoon, is being carried out at a dam at Percy Quinn State Park, near McComb, Miss.

“They have done a controlled breach, and are pumping water over the top of the dam to try to relieve pressure” from Tropical Storm Isaac’s heavy rains, said Greg Flynn, spokesman for the Mississippi Emergency Management Agency. Fire trucks are also pumping water out of the lake behind the dam and into forest area next to it, he said.

The dam feeds into the Tangipahoa River, which flows south and along the length of Louisiana’s Tangipahoa Parish, northwest of New Orleans. Mr. Flynn said workers had discovered this morning that the dam had developed two bulges, and had sandbagged the areas and were monitoring the dam carefully.  read more>>>

The call is going out to people living within a couple of miles of the river it feeds downstream.

In the report during the press conference they stated they were going to try to bring down the water behind the dam about eight feet so they can reduce the risk of the dam actually giving out. They are also going to try, if this works, to enhance the dam structure to try not only to save it but to greatly minimize any threat as water is still being fed into the manmade lake it holds back. Right now, from what I understand, is the water is already at peak level behind the dam and it's only expected to rise some more.

Here' a few recent reports:

Dam collapse feared due to Isaac; thousands evacuating

Water released from Miss. dam over failure threat

Emergency crews securing dam at Percy Quin State Park

Water released from Isaac-stressed dam near Louisiana-Mississippi border

Water released from Mississippi dam

Isaac wades inland, pushes thousands from homes, pushes dams to the limit

New Mandatory Evacuations as Isaac Claims First Fatality

Originally posted to jimstaro on Thu Aug 30, 2012 at 01:19 PM PDT.

Also republished by Louisiana Kossacks.

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