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Lake Tangipahoa still almost dry as work continues on dam

PIKE COUNTY, MS (Mississippi News Now) -

The lake at a popular south Mississippi state park, Percy Quinn near McComb, is still almost dry as work continues on the dam that almost broke in Hurricane Isaac a year ago.

The dam has been rebuilt but there is still work to be done rebuilding bridges over two of the three emergency spillways the new dam will have.  

In 2012, when heavy rains followed Isaac, a 600-foot-long trench had to be dug around the weakened dam to divert water and keep it from breaking.

The Tangipahoa River runs into and out of the lake and is now just running through it. 

The first phase is complete," said Assistant Park Manager Mike Nelson. "The second phase should be starting any day now. The third phase will be putting in a box culvert and bleeder valve  and building a bridge over the spillway on the opposite side of the lake."

The dam was originally built in 1936.

A camper at the park, Bob Wagner of Diamondhead, was not happy with the progress on rebuilding.

"Well, I guess it's just because Mississippi moves slow," said Wagner.

Nelson estimates water will be back in the lake by February of next year, but says it will take two and one half years to restore fishing.

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