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Florence flood put dams, a lot of high risk, to the test

FILE – In this Monday, Sept. 17, 2018, file photo flooded vehicles sit at a closed part of Interstate 95 in Lumberton, N. C., where the Wood river flooded after the floods of Hurricane Florence. Navigation apps such as Waze to try to help motorists avoid, hurricane, flood, but the local authorities say that people shouldn’t rely on them. (AP Photo/Gerry Broome, File)

Devastating floods in North-Carolina, in the aftermath of Florence has led to concerns about dams in the entire state, some of them in poor condition, will be able to hold up under the pressure.

State officials are monitoring the dam safety in cooperation with the local authorities and say that there has been at least one dam breach so far, with no houses affected. But there are several other locations of care.

According to the data obtained by The Associated Press of the National Inventory of Dams, the state has 1,445 dams rated high hazard of about 5,700 dams, ranging from large federal ownership of ones to small private ones. This classification does not indicate that the chance of failure, that failure would likely lead to the loss of one or more lives.

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