MS official: No problems at Percy Quin
PONCHATOULA - Concerns torrential rain could cause issues north of Tangipahoa Parish were eased by officials in Mississippi who said Friday there are no reported problems at Percy Quin.
Percy Quin is the Mississippi state park surrounding Lake Tangipahoa and dams that keep a flood of water from entering the Tangipahoa River north of the Louisiana-Mississippi state line. In 2012, too much rain caused the dam to leak and prompted the evacuation of 60,000 people from areas along the Tangipahoa River in Tangipahoa Parish.
Louisiana officials conducted flyovers of Percy Quin in Mississippi, about 55 miles from downtown Hammond. There were mandatory evacuations in low-lying areas along the river but outside city limits of Hammond and Ponchatoula. Despite the leaks, though, Mississippi officials maintained the dams would hold and had work crews shoring-up areas around the lake.
A similar situation is not expected in relation to this week's rain event. Areas around Hammond were flooded and as many as 200 people had to be rescued from homes when 14-inches of rain fell between Thursday and Friday morning.
"We have no reports of any problems at Percy Quin," a Mississippi state officials wrote in an email when asked by WBRZ about the chance of any issues Friday.
Percy Quin underwent a multi-million dollar rehab after Isaac.
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