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Fort Ann Keeps Dam Details Secret, Cites Homeland Security

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In early July, an earthen dam in the town of Fort Ann gave way, flooding a neighborhood. No lives were lost, but 200 people were forced to evacuate and at least ten homes were destroyed. State Rt. 149, a major thoroughfare, was closed for weeks. The dam was brand new and failed only weeks after Hadlock Pond was filled with water. Town officials are now refusing to release documents describing the dam's construction. They cite Homeland Security laws and say release of the information could pose a security risk. Town officials didn't return phone calls for this report. Brian Mann spoke with Ken Tingley, managing editor of the Glens Falls Post Star, a newspaper which has filed two formal requests that the information be made public.

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