$1 Million To Fix Problems At Lake Serene Dam - WHLT 22 Connecting the Pine Belt

Cost To Fix Lake Serene Dams, More Than $1 Million

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HATTIESBURG, Miss. - The Lake Serene Property Owners Association is trying to find the money to pay for the work that needs to be done to a couple of their lake dams.

A few weeks ago inspectors found a boil in the north Lake Serene Dam located just off of Highway 98.

"We've lowered the level of the lake to equalize the pressure against the dam," said Lake Serene Property Owners Association President Peggy Moore.

The association is working with County Engineer Don Walker to fix the problem.

"He has presented a plan to give to MDEQ and when that get's approved that's when we will start work," she said.

The plan has to meet all of the Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality's standards to be passed. She said to fix the problem, it will be expensive.

"Mr. Walker estimates it about $200,000," she said. "We are hoping it's that and no more."

To fix the damage done to the Oak Grove dam at Lake Serene, it will cost even more.

"Approximately $1.5 million," she said. "The Oak Grove Lake, which is behind me, has been having problems for over 20 years and then during Isaac we had so much rain,  the dam itself slid about 12 inches."

"The slope is incorrect so we will have to fix the slope," she said.

The property owners association is applying for help from the county.

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