Walter Bell Road, just northeast of the Oktibbeha County Lake, hasn’t been there as long as some of its residents have.
Oktibbeha County has asked the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers for a set of pipes to drain the Oktibbeha County Lake Dam to a few feet above the bottom in order to relieve pressure on the levee, which started to show early signs of breaching Tuesday morning and prompted a warning and 24-hour monitoring from county leaders.
As county officials were briefing law enforcement and reporters on the status of the Oktibbeha County Lake dam on Tuesday evening, American Red Cross employees were driving from Greenville to Starkville in order to open the First Baptist Church Outreach Center as an overnight shelter for potential evacuees.
Terra Robinson left Henderson Ward Stewart Elementary School, where she is a teacher, as soon as she heard that the Oktibbeha County Lake Dam could flood her and her family’s homes at any moment.
“I had to stop my lessons and see what I needed to do, if I needed to pack my things,” Robinson said. “I’m trying to pack up all my family members’ pictures.”