NC Coal Ash Pond Partially Failed

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Recent rains removed 9 feet off the top of a coal pond at Progress Energy's Sutton station in North Carolina. Just a reminder - Failures do and can happen!

NC Coal Ash Pond Partially Failed

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Deluge takes toll on roads, ash pond, sewers

Officials remain on alert as heavy rain again forecast to lash region throughout Wednesday.

By Gareth McGrath & Brian Freskos

Monday's near record-setting rainfall took a toll on more than people's nerves driving over flooded roads. Along the U.S. 421 North, a portion of one of Progress Energy's coal-ash ponds at its Sutton Electric Plant failed - although officials aren't sure if Monday's persistent rainfall was the cause. 

Spokeman Scott Sutton said crews found the damage, which they initially thought was sinkhole, late Monday while inspecting the dam. 

"It basically carved out about 9 feet off the top of the dam, so its not a total breach or collapse," he said. 

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