Lamar County residents evacuated from waterfront homes

LAMAR COUNTY, MS (WDAM) - The lake that separates Oak Grove Lake and Stumpy Lake continues to slide and ten-families have evacuated from their waterfront homes.

Lamar County Emergency Management called for the voluntary evacuations Tuesday evening after more sliding was discovered .

Efforts have been going on since Monday to lower the level of Oak Grove to relieve stress on the dam. Two water pumps were brought in Tuesday night to assist in the process. Officials say it's anticipated it will take four to five days to get the water level to A point where it relieves pressure on the damn.

The National Weather Service in Jackson has called for a flash flood warning for the area, saying if the dam were to fail water rises of two to three feet could effect points downstream with-in five to ten minutes.

"If you get into the a slide that can get to the core of the dam, that can cause a catastrophic failure. If it slides like that and your core is intact you are pretty much ok. But there is a lot of undue pressure on the dam at that point," said James Smith, Lamar County Emergency Management Director. "What we're trying to do with the pump is get the pressure of the dam so if it does slide on off it won't cause as big a danger."

Buccaneer Drive, where the dam is located, is closed to thru-traffic and will remain closed until repairs are made to the dam. Smith says that could be an extended period of time.

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