Data reveals NC ranks second in high-hazard dams

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Data reveals N.C. ranks second in high-hazard dams.

North Carolina ranks second in the nation for the number of dams classified as high-hazard, according to federal data created in 2013.

High-hazard does not refer to the condition of the dam but instead means a failure could result in loss of life or serious damage. However, a study of North Carolina’s dams found more than 100 that are both high-hazard and classified as in poor or unsatisfactory condition.

WSOC’s review of the information comes a week after historic flooding led to at least 18 dam breaches across South Carolina. There are more than five times as many high-hazard dams in North Carolina as South Carolina.

There are 18 North Carolina dams in the Channel 9 viewing area that are high-hazard and either in poor or unsatisfactory condition, according to state data.


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