More rain could impact dam at Oktibbeha County Lake

The county has been pumping water out of the lake for several weeks, but rain being back in the forecast could just add more water to the lake.

Posted: Feb 5, 2020 12:39 PM

STARKVILLE, Miss. (WTVA) - More rain could impact the Oktibbeha County Lake and its dam this week. 

The county has been pumping water out of the lake for several weeks, but rain being back in the forecast could just add more water to the lake.

Two of the pumps over the weekend failed, but County Fire Coordinator Kirk Rosenhan said they were repaired on Monday.

County Lake Road is still closed and there are still six pumps working to lower the water level in the lake right now.

Rosenhan, the retiring fire services coordinator, said, "We are draining, one estimate is 28 square miles of watershed, so even an inch of rain is a lot of water. I've got six pumps going and we're making substantial progress."

The lake needs to lower another 2 to 3 feet before the county can remove pumps and the county engineer can decide what repairs need to be made to the dam.

Right now, he said conditions are stable.

We are expecting more rain this week though. Widespread rain amounts 2-4 inches. Isolated areas could see almost 6 inches of rain by the end of the week.

This much rainfall will equal several feet of water in the lake.

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We have had some nice and dry days for the last several days. We will change things just a bit over the next few days, as we will see some scattered showers and thunderstorms back into our weather forecast by later Wednesday and into Thursday.
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