City pays close attention to high-hazard dams - WRBL

City pays close attention to high-hazard dams

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COLUMBUS, Ga. -

The recent rain has raised concerns about our area's vulnerability to flooding. There are 11 city-owned watershed dams in Columbus that are categorized as high-hazard dams, meaning a dam whose failure or misoperation will cause loss of human life and significant property destruction.

The city owns 11 earth-filled dams and their purpose is to control flooding and prevent devastation. Most of the dams are categorized as high-hazard because of how close they are to residential areas. It would be catastrophic if one of these dams failed.

"There's a probability of loss of life, a high probability because if the dam itself failed, you would just have so much water," said Rainwater Division Manager Chris Brown.

It's Brown's job to make sure these dams do not fail. The city has a dedicated crew that cuts, cleans and repairs the dams on a daily basis. They also have to comply with annual state inspections in which they've received good reviews.

"You have minor write-ups, things like armadillo burrowing and things like that, but overall we've received excellent to outstanding reports," said Brown.

Click on the picture to the right to view a list of city-owned watershed dams in Columbus that are high-hazard.

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