Florence flooding puts dams, many high hazard, to the test

  • Water is released from the dam at Hope Mills Lake into the Cape Fear River, Sunday, Sept. 16, 2018, in Hope Mills, N.C., south of Fayetteville, after floodwaters from Hurricane Florence inundated the area. (Casey Toth/The News & Observer via AP)

  • In this Monday, Sept. 17, 2018, file photo flooded vehicles sit on a closed section of Interstate 95 in Lumberton, N.C., where the Lumber river overflowed following flooding from Hurricane Florence. Navigation apps like Waze are trying to help motorists avoid hurricane flooding, but local authorities say people shouldn’t rely on them. (AP Photo/Gerry Broome, File)

Devastating flooding in North Carolina in the aftermath of Hurricane Florence has raised concerns about whether dams across the state, some of them already in poor condition, will be able to hold up under the strain.