BTW, my city also has a dam in imminent need of repair.
Any dam safety issues at Addicks and Barker could have a far greater impact due to the magnitude of people and property downstream, as opposed to other dams around the country in rural or low-population density areas.
...Texas is rather prone to catastrophic weather events.
Then again, so is the Pacific coast, right?
I would be surprised if it didn't, given that most dams were build around 50 years ago and the lifespan for a dam is about 50 years.
The Pacific Coast is, perhaps oddly, not prone to catastrophic weather events at all. In fact, it is downright motherfucking placid. It is, however, prone to the occasional high winds, earthquake, volcano, or tsunami.
Even the rain is different there, it's SOFT. I couldn't believe the flowers that grow there.
Ours comes down like a cow pissing on a flat rock with flash floods and power outages and wind knocking down trees and lightning hitting all kinds of shit. Then the sun comes out, the steam rises from the cement and no more rain until winter, hot hot hot everything dies.