- Associated Press - Sunday, October 23, 2016

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) - At least 17 dams in North Carolina burst from the rain dumped by Hurricane Matthew, most of them in the Cape Fear River Basin.

The News & Observer of Raleigh reports (https://bit.ly/2edkN0v ) state inspectors knew where the rains could cause catastrophic failures. During Matthew, they were “babysitting” critical dams to be able to call for an evacuation if needed.

Dam Safety Program spokeswoman Bridget Munger says none of the 27 deaths in North Carolina attributed to Matthew was caused by a dam failure.

Most of the more than 3,200 dams statewide are earthen and privately owned.

The state’s 62 inspectors must inspect all high-hazard dams at least once every two years. Those are dams whose failures could cause death or costly property damage. Others can go decades without being inspected.

___

Information from: The News & Observer, https://www.newsobserver.com

Copyright © 2018 The Washington Times, LLC.

The Washington Times Comment Policy

The Washington Times is switching its third-party commenting system from Disqus to Spot.IM. You will need to either create an account with Spot.im or if you wish to use your Disqus account look under the Conversation for the link "Have a Disqus Account?". Please read our Comment Policy before commenting.

 

Click to Read More and View Comments

Click to Hide