85-15-215. Emergency repairs or breaching. (1) In case of an emergency, the department may take any action necessary to safeguard life and property. This action must be commenced immediately by the owner, or by the department at the owner's expense if the owner fails to act. The department must be notified immediately of any proposed emergency repairs or breaching to be instituted by the owner.
(2) All costs incurred by the department during an emergency must be paid by the owner on receipt of a bill of costs from the department. The costs are a lien upon the dam, reservoir, and other property of the owner and may be collected by appropriate action in a court of competent jurisdiction.