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NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal says a controlled release of water has begun at a Mississippi dam that's been stressed by Isaac and prompted evacuations in Louisiana.
The dam is at a lake near the Louisiana-Mississippi border and has been under a lot of pressure since Isaac sloshed ashore in southeast Louisiana.
Jindal said that if the water hadn't been released, it would have caused significant flooding.
State emergency responders are assessing impaired portions of the dam at Lake Tangipahoa at Percy Quin State Park in Pike County.
Heavy rains from Isaac damaged the structure, which has not been breached.
Heavy equipment and pumps from across the state have been dispatched to initiate a controlled water release from Percy Quin State Park to the Tangipahoa River to relieve dam pressure, which should not significantly increase water levels down stream.
Originally posted by cleverhans
My family's in the east end of Ponchatoula, La. We got flooded from this same dam in 1983, and it looks like its about to do it again. I just talked to my parents and they're sticking it out with 2 boats...crazy!
Originally posted by camaro68ss
Wheres Obama and FEMA?
Originally posted by Sinny
Hope I'm not detracting in any way from the "Natural Disaster"...
But is there *any* way we would know if this was pre planned?
I'm no storm expert, but I feel Isaac is something of a strange one, and the Words of Dr.Peter Beter still ring in my mind, when he states various American damns are loaded with explosives to go off of whenever... seems like a random thing to make up...
Gives FEMA a leg in also..edit on 30-8-2012 by Sinny because: (no reason given)