A Mississippi dam is on the verge of imminent collapse, officials said Tuesday, urging hundreds of residents to evacuate as the region is bombarded with heavy rains and flash floods.
On Tuesday the Oktibbeha County Lake Dam swelled due to pounding rains that raised water levels in the area near Starkville.
Water got between the dam and the ground beneath it, compromising the structure's integrity, engineer Clyde Pritchard said to the Starkville Daily News.
Officials are now urging residents to evacuated the area, but it is not mandatory.
If it does break, the dam will flood 17,400 acres of nearby land to some extent. About 250 people would have to evacuate at least 112 households, the Commercial Dispatch reported in September.
The Oktibbeha County Lake Dam in eastern Mississippi is 'imminent danger' of failing, officials said Tuesday due to heavy rains and floods. On Tuesday county officials tried to relieve water pressure on the dam by placing pipes into it to carry out water
Aerial footage shows county emergency workers trying to relieve water pressure from the dam. Water got between the dam and the ground beneath it, compromising the structure's integrity according to engineer Clyde Pritchard, according to the Starkville Daily News
An aerial view of the dam pictured above. If the dam does break, it will flood 17,400 acres of nearby land and affect some 250 locals in at least 112 households
'There is a high probability of failure,' the National Weather Service in Jackson said Tuesday. 'Those in this area should evacuate and seek higher ground!'
The map shows the danger inundation area that will be effected if the Oktibbeha Lake Dam breaks
The flash flood warning on Tuesday affects Clinton, Jackson, Brandon, and Ridgeland, Mississippi
'There is a high probability of failure,' the National Weather Service in Jackson said. 'Those in this area should evacuate and seek higher ground!'
'After inspection, the County Engineer believe failure of the dam is imminent,' The Mississippi Emergency Management Agency said.
On Tuesday county officials