Emergency services in McDowell County, North Carolina have issued evacuation orders to thousands of residents as severe flash floods and landslides put Lake Tahoma Dam at risk of failing.
Greenville – Spartanburg National Weather Service Station in South Carolina He said that a landslide "compromised the integrity of the Lake Tahoma Dam" and urged those affected to comply with the orders. Shamings on the sides of the dam have already been reported.
"IMPORTANT EVACUATIONS run from the dam at Lake Shore Dr to Lake Tahoma Rd (NC 80) until the confluence of the Catawba River near Resistoflex Rd and Riverside Park" Tweeted The Service, "MEET NOW FOR YOUR LIFE TO OBTAIN!"
McDowell County's Emergency Management Service wrote in a Facebook Post that the western and central parts of the county saw floods and landslides. In an emergency report, the service said evacuation of areas below the lake was due to "recommendation from dam engineers".
Engineers will be able to assess the dam in daylight, the statement said. People in the affected communities can take refuge in the YMCA of Marion, Glenwood Baptist Church and Old Fort Baptist Church.
Areas listed by County Emergency Management Service under immediate evacuation are:
Lake Tahoma Road from Lake Tahoma South to US 70 West  Toms Creek Road from NC 80 to Morgan Lake Road
Tom Johnson Camping Center
Old Greenlee Road from Crane Resistoflex Road to Water Filter Plant
US 70 West from Pleasant Gardens Fire Department to North Main Street
All Residences along the Catawba River from Tom Johnson to Lake James including developments on the Catawba River in the Hankins Community
Riverview Acres off Hankins Road
Riverbend Acres off Hankins Road  Cross Creek Drive from the intersection of Hankins Road to the 300 block
All loca along the US 221 store
Garden Creek Road
North Main St Reets from Flick Video to US 70 W Intersection
Lake James Landing