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The Steuben Courier Advocate
  • Schumer: Dams threat to Southern Tier

  • Two dozen local dams pose a danger to their communities, and nearly half of them do not have an emergency-action plan to protect people and property in the event of a breakage, according to a report released Thursday by U.S. Sen. Chuck Schumer.

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  • Two dozen local dams pose a danger to their communities, and nearly half of them do not have an emergency-action plan to protect people and property in the event of a breakage, according to a report released Thursday by U.S. Sen. Chuck Schumer.
    Schumer, D-N.Y, says 15 dams in Chemung (8), Steuben (4) and Schuyler (3) counties are consider “high” hazard ? meaning breakage could result in the loss of life and significant damage ? and nine more would cause economic hardships if they burst. Of the 24 dams, 10 do not have emergency-action plans to mitigate the damage caused by a breakage, Schumer said.
    In total, more than 1,100 upstate dams pose danger, Schumer said.
    “As our weather patterns become more extreme and our nation’s dams and other infrastructure continue to age, it’s the federal government’s job to invest in upgrades to our dams to make these structures safer and more reliable,” Schumer said.
    “Upstate New York has hundreds of hazardous dams, many without emergency- action plans in place to protect the surrounding community, and we cannot needlessly put New Yorkers’ property or even lives at risk should a maintenance glitch or flood occur.”
    Schumer is urging his Senate colleagues to pass the Water Resources Development Act of 2013, which could reach the Senate floor in the next two weeks. Schumer said the bill would boost federal funding for dam inspections and maintenance in upstate New York, as well is strengthen safety requirements through the re-authorization of the expired National Dam Safety Program.

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