37 states have levees with "dangerous deficiencies"

01/17/2013 | Washington Post, The

Thirty-seven states have levees that are at "risk of failing and endangering people and property," according to an inspection by the Army Corps of Engineers. An investigation by The Associated Press found that common problems included design or construction flaws, inferior infrastructure, invasive vegetation or animals and encroachment by buildings. "This is going to be a national problem and it just hasn’t dawned on people how big it’s going to be," said Jeffrey Mount, who founded the Center for Watershed Sciences at the University of California, Davis.

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