Mississippi dam breach near
The evacuation area is within a half mile of the river. But… Governor Jindal urges common sense, and to use the past record floods as a guide. “Evacuate now, in case the water comes.” Jindal believes 40-60,000 people live in possible flood area.
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URGENT – IMMEDIATE BROADCAST REQUESTED
CIVIL EMERGENCY MESSAGE
LOUISIANA EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT AGENCY NEW ORLEANS LOUISIANA
RELAYED BY NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE NEW ORLEANS LA
1108 AM CDT THU AUG 30 2012
THE FOLLOWING MESSAGE IS TRANSMITTED AT THE REQUEST OF THE
MISSISSIPPI EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT AGENCY.
A MANDATORY EVACUATION HAS BEEN ORDERED FOR ALL LOW LYING AREAS
AND ALONG THE TANGIPAHOA RIVER DUE TO THE POTENTIAL FAILURE OF THE
LAKE TANGIPAHOA DAM…ALSO KNOWN AS THE PERCY QUIN DAM…IN
SOUTHERN MISSISSIPPI. AGAIN…A MANDATORY EVACUATION HAS BEEN
ORDERED FOR ALL LOW LYING AREAS AND ALONG THE TANGIPAHOA RIVER DUE
TO THE POTENTIAL FAILURE OF THE LAKE TANGIPAHOA DAM…ALSO KNOWN
AS THE PERCY QUIN DAM…IN SOUTHERN MISSISSIPPI.
DUE TO THE DAM FAILURE…WATER LEVELS ON THE TANGIPAHOA RIVER NEAR
CHATAWA AND OSYKA WILL RISE QUICKLY. NEAR OSYKA…THE RIVER WILL
RISE TO NEAR 21.5 FEET. THIS WILL BREAK THE RECORD PREVIOUSLY SET
IN 1997. AT 21 FEET…THE RIVER WILL THREATEN THE ROADWAY APPROACH
TO HIGHWAY 584 AND WILL INUNDATE THE SURROUNDING AREAS. IF YOU
LIVE IN THESE AREAS…LEAVE IMMEDIATELY FOR HIGHER GROUND.
The Tangipahpoa River is located in eastern Louisiana, along the northern edge of Lake Pontchartrain. The watershed covers 520 square miles and is characterized by pine and mixed hardwood forests, bottomland hardwood forests, swamps and freshwater and brackish water marshes. The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries has designated the middle and upper reaches of the river as a scenic stream.
Lake Tangipahoa is a 700 acre fresh water lake ideal for fishing and water sports.
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