50,000 People Evacuated as Dam "Expected to Fail" Near Mississippi-Louisiana Border

Via CNN, we have the news that the National Weather Service has issued a warning that a "dam failure" was "expected on the Tangipahoa River near Percy Quin park." As such, a mandatory evacuation has been called for some 50,000 people in the area, near the Louisiana-Mississippi border, and Louisiana Giv. Bobby Jindal announced that the dam would be intentionally breached to keep it from breaking.

The good news is that the interntional breach should cause less damage overall than if the dam had broken:

The river stood at more than 17 feet this morning, more than 2 feet above flood stage, according to the National Weather Service, which predicted the river could reach 19.5 feet by tomorrow.

Near Kentwood, Louisiana, in the evacuation zone, the river could reach 17 feet, which is 4 feet above flood stage. Officials say an intentional breach would send water into a forested area rather than Louisiana towns, Jindal said.

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AlterNet / By Lauren Kelley

Posted at August 30, 2012, 9:51am