North Carolina – Newly released data has revealed that there are about 1,200 high-hazard dams across North Carolina.
This makes North Carolina the second highest state to have the potentially dangerous dams.
According to federal data from 2013, North Carolina has nearly six times the number of high-hazard dams compared to South Carolina.
More than a dozen dams failed during the historic rainfalls and flooding that happened in October.
The disaster killed at least 17 people.
According to North Carolina state officials, the term “high-hazard” means there could be a loss of life if the structure fails.
More than 150 of these hazardous dams are also listed as “poor” or “unsatisfactory,” meaning they need repairs.
State officials say that people who live near the structures should have an “emergency action plan.”