- Associated Press - Friday, February 21, 2014

MCCOMB, Miss. (AP) - Officials of Percy Quin State Park say fishing at Lake Tangipahoa could resume as early as fall 2016 as repairs to the lake’s dam proceed.

Park manager Will Busby told The Enterprise-Journal (https://bit.ly/1p3TPrd ) that work at the dam is being done in three phases, and the second phase is nearly complete.

The dam repair project had been scheduled to start in late 2012, then Hurricane Isaac struck in August of that year, making the repairs an emergency situation.

Overtopping and damage to the dam from heavy rainfall forced closure of the road across the dam to the other side of the lake where a group camp is located.

The damage forced the lake to be drained.

As part of the first phase, the dam was filled to be five feet higher and 15 feet wider than the previous structure. Large pumps drained water out of the lake.

“We’re in the second phase of the project. We’re building a new overflow dam and release valve,” Busby said. “The slurry ditch keeps any seepage from going through the dam, and that is done. The dam is going to be state of the art.


Information from: Enterprise-Journal, https://www.enterprise-journal.com

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