Wisconsin officials urge dam repairs before spring
MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- Wisconsin water officials are warning dam owners to get ready for possible spring flooding.
The Department of Natural Resources plans to send dam owners reminders that they must have an emergency plan on file with the state. The plans detail areas that could be affected by breaches and list local responders.
The agency also wants dam owners to check gates and other equipment and inspect their dams for damage before water begins to rise.
Wisconsin has about 3,800 dams. Nearly 60 percent are owned by a company or private individual.
Flooding in June 2008 caused at least $765 million in damage statewide.
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