Flooding threatens dam near Louisiana-Mississippi border
Locals asked to heed warnings
- Duration 3:05
- Date Aug 30, 2012
Locals asked to heed warnings
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Correspondent Casey Stegall was in the Louisiana town of Robert on the North Shore of the lake.
And he's there with the latest -- evacuation center Casey what do we know about this dam and those people.
We'll -- obviously a lot of people are extremely anxious and they're waiting to see what happens up in Mississippi before make anyone makes any sort of rash -- -- decisions.
But I want to kind of show -- around here because people living in homes like this are the ones who are threatened and if you follow me this way you can see why the tangible whole river that we're talking about -- it is weighed down that way on the other side about a hundred -- -- so -- passed that white fence but you have water that has come all the way up here and keep in mind that dam has not broken and the water has already risen this much about nineteen feet or so over the banks in this one particular spot.
If you look out there you see that yellow stick out their shepherd that was placed out there where we were talking to you during studio B.
And you can see how much the water has come up just then so.
If that dam bursts up in Mississippi.
It is going to send flood waters racing down this already swollen river and you have people that are living along the river that are really really worried and they are keeping a close eye on it that is why.
Up to 60000.
From the areas of cat would down here to Robert.
It's about a 41 mile stretch dotted with communities here in Louisiana along this river and all of them are keeping their eyes on this tonight -- Casey I know they're looking at this -- from the air have they found out anything.
-- they are the Army Corps of Engineers been going up and helicopters but sometimes the helicopters have to get grounded because.
As you know all too well a band will come through.
Bringing a lot of rain and some wind with -- and it's unsafe for them to fly but the corps of engineers have been up in the air the governor of this state Bobby Jindal went up in the air as well.
And listen to someone from the Army Corps of Engineers how the way they characterize what they were able to ascertain from up above listen.
Also saw two -- war series.
Would -- yeah.
Again route structure.
And slush ball and -- them.
Initial assessments that -- not represented potential failure of the -- But we've got suggests that cursory look.
Not a potential failure of the dam but that has not been ruled out at this point which is why they were doing this controlled release shepherd they were actually cutting holes and punching holes in it with hopes that the water -- that lake -- been in the south part of Mississippi would drain out into a wooded area.
And it would take a lot of the pressure off of the dam so it would not rupture and done again that is something that's going on as we speak and we have not heard any updates in terms of the progress of how that controlled.
Release has gone shepherd.
Well that is the significant moment of the day at least along the Mississippi Louisiana -- will go back.