Lake Tahoma dam deemed safe, mandatory evacuations canceled

Update: The Lake Tahoma dam has been deemed safe by engineers, and the mandatory evacuation order for thousands of residents has been canceled, according to WCNC.

Gov. Roy Cooper has declared a State of Emergency.

“Our emergency response and transportation crews have been working through the night to keep North Carolinians safe as conditions deteriorate,” Governor Cooper said. “But this storm isn’t yet over. I’m urging people to keep a close eye on forecasts and flood watches, and asking drivers to use caution especially when traveling in our western counties.”

MCDOWELL COUNTY, N.C. — Thousands were ordered to evacuate in western North Carolina due to the imminent failure of a lake’s dam.

The National Weather Service said Wednesday morning that a landslide “has compromised the integrity of the Lake Tahoma Dam.”

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

According to WLOS, the evacuations 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

The Greensboro Fire Department is sending 12 Swiftwater team members and 11 Urban Search and Rescue members to Conover to help with flooding.