(KMOV.com) – Jefferson County residents who were asked to evacuate due to the threat of a dam break were allowed back into their homes Saturday afternoon.
Residents in Hillsboro were allowed back into their homes after 1:00 p.m after models indicated the water level behind the dam would not be sufficient enough to reach properties if a failure occurred. Police said additional efforts to relieve the stress on the dam will continue.
Officials say they will install a siphon pipe which will reduce the water level in the lake an additional few feet beyond the currently reduced water level.
On Friday, It was reported that a person fishing near the dam called authorities saying the dam was compromised and could break at any time.
Authorities urged 42 homeowners who live nearby to evacuate until further notice, but the evacuation was not mandatory. According to authorities, livestock that were close to the dam were moved to a safe location.
Late Friday night, authorities were able to create a trench which aided in draining the water.
The dam impounds the Murril Creek Branch to form a seven acre lake just south of Hillsboro and is located near the 1500 block of Castle Ranch Road.