DEQ clears way to rebuild Big Bay dam

The Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality will allow the Big Bay Lake dam to be rebuilt. The seven-member board voted 6-0 Tuesday to grant the permit.

The new dam will use parts of the remaining structure.  The original dam broke on March 11, 2004, sending billions of gallons of water sweeping through scores of homes downstream in Lamar and Marion counties.

According to Gaylan McGregor, director of DEQ's dam safety division, the permit meets all requirements.

Many who lost everything in the flood were on hand for the meeting and expressed their disappointment.

The board's decision can be appealed.