Gordon's heavy rains drag rural Mississippi dam

Heavy rains are causing a dam to break at the edge of the Mississippi Delta, an aerial view shows the dam

A dam is breaking on the edge of the Mississippi Delta region after heavy rains during Tropical Storm Gordon, according to officials.

The National Weather Service issued a flood warning for parts of Carroll County downstream of Lake Murdock, where water was eroding an earth dam Friday night.

The area near Black Hawk, about 70 miles north of Jackson, received more than 12 inches of rain Wednesday during Gordon's radar estimates, said senior weather forecastist Mike Edmonston of the Meteorological Service.

Carroll County saw widespread flash floods with water entering some homes, and some farmers said their crops suffered significant damage.

Heavy rains are causing a dam to break at the edge of the Mississippi Delta, an aerial view shows the dam

Heavy rains are causing a dam to break at the edge of the Mississippi Delta, an aerial view shows the dam

Dusty Myers, head of the dam safety division of the Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality, said there is a major breach in which water penetrates through the dam.

"He seems to be holding up much better than he expected," Myers said. However, he said it was still likely that the prey would completely infringe.

He said that if it did not disappear, officials would have to dig a trench to cross the dam themselves because it is insecure.

"There really is nothing we can do about preventative action," Myers said.

Three houses have been evacuated in the rural area. The Mississippi Highway Patrol is blocking Mississippi 16 and other roads, as water is expected to rise eight to 10 feet in Abiaca Creek by Saturday.

Edmonston said the flash flood would likely dissipate when it reached the Delta platform, about 15 miles to the west.

Mickey Kiker walks down a street flooded with Cooper O & # 39; Brien, the grandson of his 5-year-old girlfriend, after Tropical Storm Gordon

Mickey Kiker walks down a street flooded with Cooper O & # 39; Brien, the grandson of his 5-year-old girlfriend, after Tropical Storm Gordon

Mickey Kiker walks down a street flooded with Cooper O & # 39; Brien, the grandson of his 5-year-old girlfriend, after Tropical Storm Gordon

The dam is one of more than 500 in the entire state built with federal aid to control floods and erosion.

Myers said that this property is from the Abiaca Creek Drainage District. He said that the Department of Environmental Quality had inspected the dam a few weeks ago. The inspector observed vegetation in the dam, which can create gaps through which the water can pass. But Myers said the problems seemed minor, and noted that the rain could have brought the water to a record level in the lake.

"Nothing was really an obvious problem that I knew that would have alerted us that this dam was going to fail," he said.

Myers said seven to eight dams fail each year in Mississippi, and said that rural drainage districts can sometimes have problems maintaining structures from decades ago.

"This is one of the largest in recent years," Myers said of the 60-acre lake.

A dam south of Jackson failed in February, sending water and debris running through a four-lane main road.

The flood waters of tropical storm Gordon are seen in front of a house in Alabama

The flood waters of tropical storm Gordon are seen in front of a house in Alabama

The flood waters of tropical storm Gordon are seen in front of a house in Alabama

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