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NORTH CAROLINA DAM FAILING: Lake Tahoma dam in "imminent danger" of failure, evacuations arranged





MCDOWELL COUNTY, N.C. ̵

1; In McDowell County, a flash flood emergency has been declared for areas below Lake Tahoma due to the impending failure of the lake dam due to heavy rains associated with Alberto.

The National Weather Service issued a Flash Flood Warning for central McDowell County Wednesday, at 6:30

At 12:26 pm on Wednesday, McDowell County Emergency Management reports that the Lake Tahoma Dam threatened, according to one Landslide failing "compromises" its structural "integrity."

An eviction has been ordered for all residents below Lake Tahoma

These include:

  • Lake Tahoma Road from Lake Tahoma South to US 70 West [19659010] Tom Johnson Camping Center
  • Old Greenlee Road from Crane Resistoflex Road to Water Purifier
  • US 70 West from PG Fire Department to North Main Street
  • All residences along the Catawba River from Tom Johnson to James Lake. These include developments that limit the Catawba River in the Hankins community.
  • All sites along US 221 Business
  • Burnettes Landing
  • Lake James Landing
  • Tom Creek Road from NC 80 to Morgan Lake Road

McDowell County Emergency Management confirmed that 200 people of campgrounds and shared housing near the dam and lake were in shelters

Old Fort and Marion are the hardest hit communities. As of 3:30 am, emergency management officials there said some landslides in the county as well as moderate flooding in western and central communities. [19659008] Four quick water rescues were performed overnight.

According to the National Weather Service, floods have reached levels not seen since the floods of September 2004 after hurricanes Frances and Ivan.

Animal shelters are open at the following locations: 19659009] YMCA of Marion (near McDowell Hospital)

  • Glenwood Baptist Church
  • Old Fort Baptist Church
  • The Class 1 emergency at Lake Tahoma continues until inspectors assess the Duri ng daylight hours. Lake Tahoma is a private lake in the mountains.

    I-40 reopens after mudslide

    Earlier Tuesday night, a mudslide at Old Fort forced the shutdown of part of Interstate 40. Later, the North Carolina Department of Transportation said the lanes were reopened before 5 am

    The Interstate had been closed in both directions between Exit 66 and Exit 72 due to a mudslide.

    Officials said some of the vehicles on the road were trapped after slipping. All inmates were able to disembark and no injuries were reported.

    There is a state of emergency in Rutherford County for communities along Lake Lure and the Broad River.

    The river level rose above seven and a half The city of Lure has repeatedly opened the floodgates to release some of this water.

    Campsites in the area were evacuated, and residents along the river were told to move to higher ground.


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