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Could a flood control dam end up causing a flood? Well, if so much rain fell that it overtopped the dam, causing a breach, all the water the dam had held back would flow downstream.
With a flood storage capacity of 1,162 acre-feet of water, and an increasing amount of development downstream, the Great Swamp flood control dam near the Fox Hill condominiums has been reclassified as a “high hazard potential” structure — meaning “failure will cause probable loss of human life or serious economic damage.”