Hwy 28 in Jones Co. reopens after dam breach

Hwy 28 in Jones Co. reopens after dam breach
A failing dam in Jones County has prompted emergency officials to close portions of a road off Highway 28.

JONES COUNTY, MS (WDAM) - Officials with the Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality said the failing dam in West Jones County was likely caused by animals.

"It looks like there has been beaver activity, or some kind of animal burrowing activity in the dam where there is a cavern that has opened up, and water has flowed through that cavern pretty slowly," said Dusty Myers, MDEQ Chief of Dam Safety.

MDEQ officials were on scene Wednesday and did a controlled breach along Lonesome Pines Road off Highway 28.

"We talked to the owner this morning and decided we are going to kind of let it sit as it is right now, and the owner is going to come in the next day or two when it dries up a little bit and take his tractor and lower the water level down," Myers said.

The dam was lowered a small amount, and the roadway was back open late Wednesday afternoon.

The failing dam prompted emergency officials to close portions of a road off Highway 28 on Tuesday.

"The dam began to give way and water started running across Lonesome Pines Road, so we have closed the 100 block of that road," Jones County Emergency Management Director Marda Tullos said.

The dam is located in West Jones County, and according to Tullos, there are no homes in danger.