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Lake Tangipahoa has new life

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Two years ago, Hurricane Isaac ripped through Lake Tangipahoa causing extreme damage. There was so much damage, the lake had to be drained.  Source: WLBT Two years ago, Hurricane Isaac ripped through Lake Tangipahoa causing extreme damage. There was so much damage, the lake had to be drained. Source: WLBT
"We stocked 250,000 mixed of red ear and blue gill. These fish will go into the water and our bass will be coming next week."  Source: WLBT "We stocked 250,000 mixed of red ear and blue gill. These fish will go into the water and our bass will be coming next week." Source: WLBT
"We stocked 250,000 mixed of red ear and blue gill. These fish will go into the water and our bass will be coming next week."  Source: WLBT "We stocked 250,000 mixed of red ear and blue gill. These fish will go into the water and our bass will be coming next week." Source: WLBT
PIKE COUNTY, MS (Mississippi News Now) -

Lake Tangipahoa located in Percy Quin State Park is almost back to normal after being devastated by severe weather in 2012.

The 700 acre lake at Percy Quin State Park is full of water and now full of fish.

"We are stocking our bream," said MS Department of Wildlife, Fisheries and Parks employee Jerry Brown. "We stocked 250,000 mixed of red ear and blue gill. These fish will go into the water and our bass will be coming next week."

Two years ago, Hurricane Isaac ripped through Lake Tangipahoa causing extreme damage. There was so much damage, the lake had to be drained.

"We stocked 250,000 mixed of red ear and blue gill. These fish will go into the water and our bass will be coming next week."

"It will help the whole area here," said Busby. "We get about 90 percent of our business out of Louisiana, Baton Rouge, New Orleans area. So, all of that is out of state dollars coming in to southwest Mississippi. Like I said, it is one of the bigger parks and does really well. So, the local economy is going to boom from this. Plus, the local folks get to come out and enjoy the lake again."

One of the major construction projects happening now is the reconstruction of the dam that Isaac tore to shreds.

"With the work you see right now, they are finishing up the new spillway," said Busby. "The dam was originally built back in the 30's, the late 30's. Once it went away, we had to rebuild it up to code. So, that's what's taking so long and bigger and better than it ever was."

Costing nearly six million dollars to build, Busby says when the damn is finished in August, it will be able to withstand pretty much anything mother nature brings.

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