NEW ORLEANS Aug 30 Louisiana officials on
Thursday ordered a widespread evacuation along the Tangipahoa
River between the towns of Kentwood and Robert due to the
imminent failure of a dam in Mississippi caused by rising water
from Tropical Storm Isaac.
Due to the imminent failure of the Lake Tangipahoa Dam in
Percy Quinn State Park in Mississippi, near the town of McComb,
up to 60,000 people downstream in Louisiana need to immediately
evacuate, Tangipahoa Parish President Gordon Burgess told local
television station WWLTV.
The dam is about 100 miles (161 km) north of New Orleans,
which is not in imminent danger.
Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal has ordered buses to the
area to help evacuate residents due to rising waters on the
river, Burgess said.
(Reporting By Chris Baltimore; Editing by Eric Beech)