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Water level at Oktibbeha Lake rises overnight

Supervisor Marvell Howard said heavy rains pushed the water level back up in the Oktibbeha County lake overnight.

Posted: Feb 6, 2020 7:03 PM

OKTIBBEHA COUNTY, Miss. (WTVA) - Heavy rains pushed the water level back up in the Oktibbeha County lake overnight.

The rain came pouring down Wednesday night. County Supervisor Marvell Howard said he checked on the lake around 7 a.m. Thursday morning.

He said the water level rose two feet, but he expected the level to be a couple feet higher by the afternoon.

Howard said it usually takes 24-36 hours to know the full effects of the rain once it stops.

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

Howard said gallons of water has already been pumped off the lake, so the water level is not a dangerous situation.

He said it slightly stalled the progress for repairs, but the pumps will continue to lower the water level.

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