U.S. Sen. Charles Schumer says there are more than 800 dams without adequate emergency plans in upstate New York.
The Democrat says the dams need to be inspected and maintained to prevent them from breaking and causing flood damage. Schumer says the threat is often greatest during the spring thaw.
In all, he says 1,100 dams upstate are ranked high or significant hazards, with just about three-quarters lacking adequate emergency plans.
Schumer is backing a Senate bill to provide funding to improve dams, inspections and emergency planning.
He said Thursday that western New York has 62 dams deemed hazards, the Albany area has 193, the Southern Tier has 157, the Finger Lakes area has 64, central New York has 102 and the North County has 180.