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New Mexico engineer warns of dam risks after wet winter

June 5, 2019

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico’s engineer says dams are at risk of overflowing or bursting following the wet winter and strong spring runoff.

The Santa Fe New Mexican reports state engineer John D’Antonio told lawmakers Tuesday that one or more of the approximately 300 dams in the state could have problems that could lead to flooding.

D’Antonio says 170 dams are considered “high hazard,” meaning a failure at one of these dams would likely result in at least one death.

He says 33% of these dams are in satisfactory shape and 30% are in poor or unsatisfactory condition.

He says the state is working to repair some of the most at-risk dams, but there is not a state fund dedicated to address the problem.

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Information from: The Santa Fe New Mexican, http://www.santafenewmexican.com

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