Lamar County Dam holds overnight; Precautionary Evacuation still in place

PEARL – A precautionary evacuation of 14 homes below the Buccaneer Drive Dam on Oak Grove Lake in Lamar County has been issued by the Lamar County Emergency Management Agency. A slide occurred on the dam Monday, and further damage to the slide prompted the precautionary evacuation.

The dam has NOT been breached, but engineers believe the dam could fail. Reports indicate the dam held overnight. Pumping began last night and continues today to lower the lake to a safe level.

Emergency operations continue for Mississippians affected by the storm with the following updates:

Individual Assistance Registrations: As of 8 a.m., 6,216 individuals in declared Mississippi counties have registered for federal assistance through FEMA. A total of $1,230,859 has been approved for individual assistance.

Damage: State, federal and local partners continue to assess damage in affected counties.

Shelters: As of 8 a.m. today, one shelter in the state is open with 11 evacuees housed.

Deaths: One death in Pearl River County and one death in Holmes County have been attributed to Isaac.

Pike County Dam: Pumping operations continue at the lake, and responding agencies continue to evaluate water levels. Preparations to repair the dam are ongoing.

Power Outages: As of 8 a.m. today, power has been restored to all who can receive it.

Additional Assistance: Residents needing services not covered by federal or state programs may call 2-1-1 Mississippi to seek additional resources.

Numerous federal and state programs are now available to residents affected by Hurricane Isaac. Programs available are:

  • Disaster Unemployment Assistance: Individuals in Hancock, Harrison, Jackson and Pearl River counties who were unable to work because of Hurricane Isaac may apply. Apply online 24 hours a day at or by calling toll-free, 1-888-844-3577 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday.

10 a.m. Update

  • Federal Assistance:Residents of Hancock, Harrison, Jackson and Pearl River counties are eligible to receive Individual Assistance, which includes temporary housing aid, grants for serious disaster-related expenses not covered by insurance and low-interest disaster loans from the U.S. Small Business Administration.
    • Affected residents can apply for assistance online at or by calling toll-free 1-800-621-FEMA (3362). Those with a speech or hearing impairment should call TTY 1-800-462-7585. Telephone numbers are available every day, from 7 a.m. to10 p.m. CDT, until further notice. Online registration services are available 24 hours a day.
  • Disaster Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program: DSNAP was implemented Monday to assist residents affected by Hurricane Isaac. These residents may be eligible for a one-time only benefit issuance, and must have incurred disaster related expenses as a direct result of Isaac to be eligible. Residents must apply in person at their county Mississippi Department of Human Services office. Visit for locations and more information.

A disaster declaration was initially issued on Aug. 29 and included Public Assistance for 48 Mississippi counties and the Mississippi Band of Choctaw Indians, which experienced damage or losses from Hurricane Isaac. Individual Assistance was added to the disaster declaration on Saturday, Sept. 1.

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