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Isaac slams the Gulf Coast: Possible dam failure prompts mandatory evacuations
August 30th, 2012
02:33 PM ET

Isaac slams the Gulf Coast: Possible dam failure prompts mandatory evacuations

A possible dam failure near the Tangipahoa River has prompted authorities to issue mandatory evacuations of 60,000 residents in nearby communities in both Louisiana and Mississippi.

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Isaac claims fatality as thousands forced to evacuate

Isaac slashed its way further inland Thursday, claiming its first fatality and stranding residents in flood-prone areas even as it threatened to wreak more havoc in the days to come.

Mississippi and Louisiana announced mandatory evacuations for all low-lying areas along the Tangiaphoa River.

A dam at 700-acre Lake Tangipahoa has not breached, "but has been badly damaged by heavy rains," the Pike County Emergency Management Agency said.

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