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AP investigation on dangerous dams sparks local reports

, by Patrick Maks

An extensive AP investigation into the condition of aging dams across the U.S. has been localized and echoed by member news organizations and customers. 

Tubes stretch down the hillside of Reservoir No. 1, a 180 million gallon water supply that has been out-of-service much of the past few decades, Oct. 15, 2019, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/David Goldman)

AP reviewed federal data and reports obtained through state open records laws to reveal that thousands of Americans face life-threatening floods from more than 1,680 high-hazard dams rated in poor or unsatisfactory condition as of last year. The dams are located in 44 U.S. states and Puerto Rico. 

News organizations from the Middletown (Connecticut) Press to The Columbus (Ohio) Dispatch and the Albany (New York) Times Union, among others, used the AP data to publish local stories.

Here is a selection of localized reports:

Read the backstory behind the AP investigation.