Officials tackle sliding earth at levee - - Jackson, MS

Officials tackle sliding earth at levee

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RANKIN COUNTY, MS (Mississippi News Now) -

A Rankin County levee remains closed after officials discovered dirt giving way along the roadway.

Residents fear rains from Tropical Storm Lee caused the problem.

Tuesday, officials began efforts to prevent more erosion.

One day after sliding dirt was found along the Old Lake Road Levee, Rankin County road crews added more preventive measures at the east end barricade.

"Trying to keep them off the levee," said resident Joe Frazier.

Early Tuesday, Frazier saw motorists still trying to cross the road at Robinhood Lake despite closed road signs. 

"They've been coming around the levee, because they blocked the road off, and they've been coming up going up the levee, so the county brought the dirt out up here today about five loads," added Frazier.

"There doesn't appear to be any seepage through the levee," said Rankin County Road Manager George Bobo.

The county road director said those living nearby should not be worried about a levee break.

"The dirt is sliding off down the embankment. In order to try to safen that up, we're going to lower the lake level some 10 to 12 feet. It actually drains over the woods away from the houses," said Bobo.

Rankin road officials said another earthen slide occurred at the levee about three years ago.

It is expected to take a couple of days for the water level to drop.

"It's an inconvenience for residents who live out here because we have blocked off their main thoroughfare," added Bobo.

Old Lake Road is expected to be closed for at least six weeks.

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