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High number of Mississippi dams pose danger

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Mississippi has one of the highest numbers of dams that pose danger and are in poor condition.

Posted: Nov 10, 2019 10:48 PM

MERIDIAN, Miss. (AP) — Mississippi has one of the highest numbers of dams that pose danger and are in poor condition.

A two-year investigation by The Associated Press identified 375 high-hazard dams in Mississippi, meaning they would could kill someone if they fail.

Of those, 35% are in poor or unsatisfactory condition, the fourth highest share in the country among states that fully responded to the AP's public records requests.

Since 2014, the Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality says 42 dams have failed.

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