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HILLSBORO, Mo. (KSDK) – The 40 residents who live near the earthen dam between De Soto and Hillsboro are allowed to go home after being voluntarily evacuated due to a potential breach Friday night.

The Missouri Office of Emergency Management says their models indicate the current water level below the dam is not high enough to threaten the evacuated properties.

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The residents lived on Castle Ranch Road. Lt. John Scullin with the De Soto Rural Fire Department said the dam protecting the six-acre lake in the 11500 block of Castle Ranch Road was in danger of breaching. According to Scullin, there was a resort on the property in the 1940s and 1950s, and the area has been neglected for years.

Crews began a controlled release of the water at 10:30 p.m. Friday, and are installing a siphon pipe – which is expected to further reduce the water level in the lake.

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