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Oktibbeha County Lake water level lowers and ease stress on the dam

Pumps have been removing water from the lake for almost a month. | Photo taken on Feb. 11, 2020

A break in the rain helped lower the water level at the Oktibbeha County Lake and ease the stress on the dam.

Posted: Feb 17, 2020 6:42 PM
Updated: Feb 17, 2020 6:42 PM

OKTIBBEHA COUNTY, Miss.  (WTVA) -- The break in the rain helped lower the water level at the Oktibbeha County Lake and ease the stress on the dam. 

Oktibbeha County Supervisor Marvell Howard said they were able to get the lake level down three and a half feet. 

Howard added there have not been any other signs of deterioration of the dam. 

He believes this week's rainfall will not be as heavy as last week. 

Heavy rains last week pushed the water level back up in the lake. 

Workers have spent weeks pumping water off the lake to reach a safe point to cut off the spillway riser.

Howard said last week the rain slightly stalled the progress for repairs but the pumps will continue to lower the water level.

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