Thousands evacuated due to NC dam in ‘imminent danger’ of failing

The area has been hit by heavy rain as the remnants of tropical storm Alberto headed inland

Torrential rain lead to widespread flooding in western North Carolina Tuesday night and Wednesday morning.

". this storm isn't yet over".

The State of Emergency will allow state officials to coordinate storm response and expedite movement of relief effort vehicles.

Alberto was more of a rainstorm than a wind threat, but the National Weather Service said at least one tornado had been confirmed. MANDATORY EVACUATIONS underway from the Dam at Lake Shore Dr to Lake Tahoma Rd (NC 80) to the confluence of the Catawba River near Resistoflex Rd and Riverside Park.

Residents living below Lake Tahoma were ordered to leave after the dam was inspected by an engineer. The evacuation order is no longer in effect.

McDowell County Emergency Management sent a message to the public around 10:15 a.m. Wednesday saying engineers have determined the dam at Lake Tahoma is safe.

Please remain alert for additional updates, as additional rainfall is expected this afternoon. We've heard from residents, especially business owners, here in Asheville that have seen flooding with these kinds of storms before.

McDowell County is where you're seeing a lot of some of the worst damage that from the flooding. Lake Tahoma is located about 5 miles northwest of Marion, North Carolina, or about 27 miles east-northeast of Asheville.

Heavy rains from the fringes of Subtropical Storm Alberto caused widespread flooding Tuesday evening.

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Transportation crews worked through the night to clear debris from the road. Roads have been closed in Avery, Buncombe, McDowell, Watauga, Henderson, Rutherford, Macon, Polk, Mitchell, Transylvania, Gaston, Catawba and Iredell counties, the governor's office said.

They watched the waters flood the area around the flea market and the Riverbreeze campground on the other side of the highway. Charlotte Fire Department said in a tweet that they're preparing a second swift water rescue team for deployment to western North Carolina.

"The Town has had to repeatedly open the floodgates just to balance the continually rising river levels from the Upper Hickory Nut Gorge", Lake Lure said.

Residents were urged to avoid traveling unless they needed to escape from floodwaters.

Heavy rain from Alberto has caused mudslides and flash flooding in the area. It is managing water releases from the North Fork Reservoir Dam.

More than 6,500 power outages in western counties were reported.

North Carolina dam teeters on the brink of failure after flash flooding.

The National Hurricane Center in Miami said Tuesday that as Alberto's weakening system moves inland Wednesday, it still remains a potential menace. Gov. Roy Cooper declared a state of emergency for the region. A tree fell on their SUV as they covered the hazardous weather, the station said.

Strong downpours came to the eastern coast of the USA along with the subtropical storm "Alberto".

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