Evacuations Ordered in Miss.

    KENTWOOD, LA - AUGUST 30:  Residents sit on cots at a flood shelter set up at Kentwood High School on August 30, 2012 in Kentwood, Louisiana. Local residents evacuated to the shelter after officials announced that a dam upstream in Mississippi was in danger of bursting due to rains from Hurricane Isaac. Tens of thousands of residents were asked to evacuate the area due to the high flood risk.  (Photo by John Moore/Getty Images)

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    As Isaac continues on its path, thousands of residents living along the Mississippi-Louisiana border were ordered to evacuate Thursday over fears that the nearby Lake Tangipahoa dam may breach. In order to prevent excessive damage should the dam fail, officials are considering purposefully breaching the dam and directing the water into a forested area—preventing mass floods that could ravage low-lying residential communities. If the dam breaks, it would only take 90 minutes for flooding to reach the city of Kentwood, La.

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