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Officials: Lake Tahoma dam 'not compromised'; residents allowed home

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MCDOWELL COUNTY, N.C. - Channel 9 has learned that residents have been told they can return to their homes hours after a Fl ash Flood Emergency was declared for areas downstream of Lake Tahoma in McDowell County because of the "imminent failure" of the lake's dam due to heavy rainfall associated with Alberto.

[TRACKING: Alberto dumps heavy rain, prompts warnings across Carolinas]

The National Weather Service issued a Flash Flood Warning for central McDowell County until 6:30 a.m. Wednesday.

At 12:26 a.m. Wednesday, McDowell County Emergency Management reported the Lake Tahoma Dam was in imminent danger of failing after a landslide "compromised" its structural "integrity."

A manda tory evacuation was ordered for all residents living below Lake Tahoma.

That included:

  • Lake Tahoma Road from Lake Tahoma south to U.S. 70 West
  • Tom Johnson Camping Center
  • Old Greenlee Road from Crane Resistoflex Road to Water Filter Plant
  • U.S. 70 West from PG Fire Department to North Main Street
  • All residences along the Catawba River from Tom Johnson to Lake James. This includes developments that border the Catawba River in the Hankins community.
  • All locations along U.S. 221 Business
  • Burnettes Landing
  • Lake James Landing
  • Tom Creek Road from N.C. 80 to Morgan Lake Road

McDowell County Emergency Management confirmed 200 people from campgrounds and residential communities near the dam a nd lake were at shelters overnight.

Around 10 a.m., officials said they were closing those shelters and that residents could return home. Engineers deemed the dam safe and the mandatory evacuation order was canceled.

Old Fort and Marion were the hardest-hit communities overnight.

As of 3:30 a.m. emergency management officials said there had been several landslides in the county as well as moderate flooding in western and central communities.

Four swift water rescues were carried out overnight.

Early Wednesday morning, the Charlotte Fire Department sent a 16-person water rescue team to McDowell County. That personnel is trained in boat operations and technical water resc ue.

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

The Class 1 Emergency at Lake Tahoma will continue until inspectors evaluate the dam during daylight hours. Lake Tahoma is a private lake in the mountains.

Officials announced Wednesday morning that all McDowell County schools would be closed due to the flooding.

In Asheville, numerous streets were flooded, particularly in Biltmore VIllage.

[CLICK HERE for Asheville flood updates]

In Marion, Channel 9 reporter Dave Faherty spotted campers flooded along the Catawba River. People scrambled to get out of them overnight.

No injuries were reported.

I-40 reopens following mudslide

Earlier Tuesday evening, a mudslide in Old Fort forced the shutdown of a portion of Interstate 40. Later, the North Carolina Department of Transportation said the lanes were reopened before 5 a.m.

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 roadway were trapped after the slide occurred. All of the occupants were able to get out and no injuries were reported.

In Rutherford County, a State of Emergency is in place for communities along Lake Lure and the Broad River.

River levels rose over seven and a half feet, and the town of Lake Lure has repeatedly opened the floodgates to release some of that water.

Campgrounds in the area have been evacuated and residents living along the river have been told to get to higher ground.

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