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Thousands of North Carolina residents were allowed to return home Wednesday after a landslide led to forced evictions near a dam due to heavy rains. Under Lake Tahoma in western North Carolina, Wednesday around 1 pm ET granted permission to have the Tahoma dam inspected by an engineer, and officials found that the landslide affected its integrity.
"Act now to save your life." Urged a tweet from the National Weather Service's office in Greenville-Spartanburg, South Carolina.
In the early hours of Wednesday morning, McDowell County officials reported heavy rains of 4 to 6 inches in the last 24 hours, the National said Weather Service. "This causes significant and life-threatening floods across the country," it said.
The flood was triggered by the damp remains of Alberto, the first storm in the Atlantic hurricane season.
The emergency ended at 10:00 am At approximately the same time, the officer canceled the mandatory evacuation order after considering the dam safe.
Earlier, the National Weather Service said a flood disaster for McDowell County was in force, which includes the city of Marion, which has about 7,800 people and Old Fort, population 900.
It added: "Floods have reached levels Since the floods of September 2004, associated with the Hurricanes Frances and Ivan, they have not been seen numerous evacuations of residences, shops and campgrounds, roadblocks, Water rescues and landslides continue. "
William Kehler, McDowell C Ounty's emergency department head NBC News reported that several thousand people were living in the evacuation zone.
Lake Tahoma is located about eight kilometers northwest of Marion, about 36 miles east of Asheville.
No deaths were reported flooding. North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper said in a statement that two state Department of Transportation workers were swept away by a landslide in McDowell County when they worked to clean debris from an earlier landslide, but they managed to stand on a truck which fell into the Catawba River until they were rescued. Cooper declared Wednesday the state of emergency for western North Carolina.
Alberto has met several states. Flash floods were early Wednesday for parts of several states from Alabama to Tennessee, Kentucky, Illinois, Carolinas and Virginia and West Virginia.
A television newsreader and photojournalist covering the weather in North Carolina was killed Monday when an uprooted tree crashed on their SUV in North Carolina.
Greenville NBC attendee WYFF News anchor Mike McCormick and photojournalist Aaron Smeltzer were killed.