Long Creek Dam Has Leak

By: Lindsey Brown Email
By: Lindsey Brown Email

The Long Creek Reservoir is so low that curiosity seekers now walk the shoreline searching for exposed treasures. But despite the water loss, the lake's beauty and great fishing are still appreciated.

"Yeah, I''m disappointed because we catch a lot of fish here, It is one of my favorite spots," said Marantt Nash.

But the water level will remain low as the city simply doesn't have the funds to repair a leak discovered when the Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality required municipalities to evaluate dams.

"They were afraid that water was taking some dirt, which was the beginning of a bad leak. And so by not having the water pressure on, it is not moving dirt so we are in a safe mode now," said public works director Monty Jackson.

The concern over a dam breach is extremely low, but, just in case, those residents living near the lake have been put on the city's Code Red alert system that would automatically dial out in the case of an emergency.

"We don't expect anything to happen," said Jackson. "When you do an emergency plan, you do a worst case scenario and this would be a worst case scenario."

The water level is visibly low. Ad even though city officials say there isn't money for repairs, some residents who were out enjoying a beautiful fall day say they wish the city would find a way to make the repairs.

"Just as soon as they can fix it for us," said Nash. "I can't get in a boat but I like to fish in a bank. But when the water's low you can't catch anything and I want to be able to catch a mess of fish."

"We are always looking," said Jackson. "We contacted soil conservation people and they say there is no money at this time, but we will continue looking for funds to repair the lake."

If you live below the Long Creek Dam and would like to sign up for the Code Red alert system, Jackson says you may call Meridian Public Works at 601-485-1920.

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