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Hundreds of earthen dams pose dangers across state

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Posted: Saturday, April 12, 2014 5:00 pm

Doña Ana County commissioners received a dire warning last September. It predicted a disaster if rains overwhelmed dams and drainage systems in La Union, a colonia of about 300 homes near the U.S./Mexico border.

Two days later, on Sept. 12, the prediction came true. A torrent of rain fell and water breached a small earthen dam upstream from La Union. Homes flooded, streets were wiped out and residents were without gas, power or drinking water for several days. A sinkhole swallowed one resident’s vehicle.

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