Is the issue that the dam is a private dam? Are County services monies only made available if the flooding will suddenly impact taxpayer homes? Why wait until the last minute to get "emergency" crews out there when the potential flooding could have been avoided by a little proactive repairs. During regular working hours. Without having to pay overtime.
Is the economy that bad that bean counters are doing this sort of thing and getting their butts handed to them when the budget goes way up? That should not be a gamble they are willing to take.
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