Workers trying to alleviate pressure on Okitebbeha County Lake Dam

Workers are working to pump enough water out of the lake to get it out of the danger zone.

Posted: Jan 18, 2020 11:13 PM
Updated: Jan 20, 2020 9:45 AM

STARKVILLE, Miss. (WTVA) - Workers are working to pump enough water out of Oktibbeha County Lake to get it out of the danger zone. 

Oktibbeha County EMA Director Kristen Campanella said the county closed County Lake Road Friday night. Workers started delivering equipment around 8:30 p.m.

The county set up pipes to relieve pressure off the dam and divert water. | Source: Ryan Phillips/Starkville Daily News

Workers added six more pumps. The pumps and siphons are pumping 50,000 gallons of water out of the lake per minute. 

County officials believe it will take up to 24 days of pumping water to get the lake out of the danger zone. The lake has dropped a foot since Friday.

However, another sinkhole was found Saturday morning bringing the total to two. 

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