Data reveals NC 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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