Hundreds of dams lack emergency plans in rain-soaked South

An Associated Press review has identified hundreds of high-hazard dams in the South that lack formal emergency action plans.

Posted: Feb 20, 2020 2:46 PM

(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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