When the levee breaks

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    When the levee breaks...
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    Deficient levees found across America
    January 17, 2013 — Inspectors taking the first-ever inventory of flood control systems overseen by the federal government have found hundreds of structures at risk of failing and endangering people and property in 37 states.
     
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    [ame=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DqDLVR2I5QE]Led Zeppelin When The Levee Breaks - YouTube[/ame]
     
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    Given the increase in extreme precipitation events, they need to be looking at small scale dams above towns or cities. All too many of these are incapable of handling a downpour that would overtop the dam. In fact, it is not just the small scale structures, for the Fort Peck dam was in exactly that kind of danger in 2011.
     
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    Wow! So OldRocks IS capable of posting a reasonable, well thought out response!

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    This isn't just the case with small cities. My corporate offices were, a few years ago, located in Sacramento. I noticed a group of Army Corps of Engineers surveying and stopped by to greet them. In the course of conversation I found out a lot of Sacramento history that I did not know (living in southern Oregon). Seems the levee system there is in terrible shape and not prepared for even the types of flooding that are historically known about in the area. I was informed that if the area experienced the types of floods known about in relatively recent history, the damages and disruption would make the Katrina damages to NO pale in comparison!
    (I'm sure some of that may have been hyperbole, but after a casual look at some of the available information, perhaps not too much so.)
    City of Sacramento Department of Utilities - Solid Waste - City/County Neighborhood Flood Depth Maps
     
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