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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  • by Steve Location: Meridian on Oct 22, 2009 at 02:51 PM
    I am DEQ Certified in the petroleum end of things and I can say that without a doubt there is a need for the DEQ. Given not all aspects of the DEQ but certian areas are definately needed. The Pollution Control division is a definate need. Otherwise there would be a lot more health issues than there are already. I agree they overstep their bounds quite a bit sometimes but none the less they are needed. Propper oversight is also needed and lacking, but that is the same with any other government organization. As I am also certified by about 6 other state and federal agencies. That being said we need to all make enough noise about Long Creek until the money appears to fix it. I bet it will be used a lot more in the future than the Three Foot Fiasco and what has that cost? Not to mention the newest best and still vacant Parking Garage. Wont even mention the AG center.
  • by Fred Location: Dalewood on Oct 22, 2009 at 11:20 AM
    The lake has been there longer than your mothers trailer!! and longer than DEQ has been around.
  • by Huffy Location: LAUDERHELL on Oct 22, 2009 at 09:56 AM
    deq won't rescue my mother when daleweed dam lets loose, i guess i better get some rope and tie her trailer down when it floats across the KCSRR levee over here on the right side of the trax
  • by Fred Location: Dalewood on Oct 22, 2009 at 08:33 AM
    DEQ is a joke anyway,they have cost a lot of people alot of money with there hairbrained ideas, this is one department we could do without.
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