Auditor: 100 dams rated unsafe, poor in Massachusetts

A hundred dams owned by municipalities in Massachusetts are rated in poor or unsafe condition, a recent report suggests. In many cases, local officials have not prepared emergency plans in case those dams fail, the state auditor’s report has found.

Ninety-four of the dams are rated in poor condition, while six are rated unsafe, the auditor’s office said in a statement. The six unsafe dams are located in Foxborough (two), Athol, Bolton, Danvers and Dudley, local media reported.

Auditor Joe DeNucci called for creation of a no-interest revolving loan program to help cities and towns pay for the estimated $60 million needed to repair the dams.

He also said that recent budget cuts have left the state Office of Dam Safety understaffed.

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