(AP) - Heavy rains and recent flooding across the Southeastern U.S. have highlighted a potential public safety concern for some dams.
An Associated Press review has identified hundreds of high-hazard dams in the South that lack formal emergency action plans.
Such plans typically include maps showing which areas could flood if a dam fails, as well as phone numbers for emergency personnel and addresses of homes that might need to be evacuated.
The plans are required by most states for high-hazard dams whose failure could result in the loss of human life, but many dam owners still haven't completed them.
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