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Many of state’s ‘high hazard’ dams go uninspected

As flood waters rise, repairs can’t keep up with deteriorating structures

Cracks were visible in the holding wall of the Norton Reservoir Dam on Friday. Deemed structurally unsound, the dam has gone uninspected since 2006, as have others. Cracks were visible in the holding wall of the Norton Reservoir Dam on Friday. Deemed structurally unsound, the dam has gone uninspected since 2006, as have others. (Wendy Maeda/Globe Staff)
By Peter Schworm
Globe Staff / March 28, 2010

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After a two-century-old timber dam nearly gave way to a storm-swollen river in the heart of Taunton five years ago, forcing the evacuation of 2,000 people, safety officials confessed that oversight of hundreds of dams had been lax, and political leaders vowed an overhaul, with regular inspections and repairs across the state. (Full article: 1011 words)

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