More Dams Will Collapse As They Age And Can’t Keep Up With Climate Change

“The collapse of two Michigan dams on Tuesday following heavy rainfall has triggered concerns over how precarious dam infrastructure in the U.S. is inadequate to handle severe weather.  

Aging dams will increasingly fail as climate change makes extreme precipitation and storms more frequent and intense, scientists warn.

“A lot of the country’s infrastructure systems were built during a time when these kind of weather events were considered rare and didn’t present a significant threat,” said Hiba Baroud, a professor of civil and environmental engineering at Vanderbilt University.”

Emma Newburger reports for CNBC May 21, 2020.

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