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Possible dam failure in North Carolina, prompts evacuations

North Carolina dam teeters on the brink of failure after the floods.

A North Carolina dam that is in danger of “imminent failure” was deemed to be safe and people could return to their homes, the officials said.

Engineers inspection of the Lake Tahoma dam in western North Carolina, early Wednesday morning, and a warning is issued by McDowell County officials around 10 hours

Heavy rain caused by the remnants of Alberto, caused landslides at the dam and the National Weather Service said residents were “asked to flee.”

McDowell County Emergency Management assistant director Adrienne Jones told the Associated Press that the dam had not failed. However, Jones said an engineer who had inspected the scene, was concerned enough to order the evacuation.

The Greenville-Spartanburg National Weather Service station urged the residents to “heed all evacuation orders” and “act now to preserve your life.”

McDowell county emergency management reports water spilling around the sides of the Lake Tahoma dam. Evacuations ongoing in the south of the dam. THIS IS A LIFE-THREATENING SITUATION. HEED ALL EVACUATION ORDERS IMMEDIATELY! If you are not threatened by the water, shelter in place.

— NWS GSP (@NWSGSP) 30 May 2018

MCDOWELL COUNTY UPDATE: there is A landslide composed of the integrity of the Tahoma Dam. MANDATORY EVACUATIONS set in motion, the Dam at Lake Shore Dr to Lake Tahoma Road (NC 80) to the confluence of the Catawba River in the vicinity of Resistoflex Rd and Riverside Park. ACT NOW TO PRESERVE YOUR LIFE!

— NWS GSP (@NWSGSP) 30 May 2018

The officials said had water spilled around the sides of the dam, which is the reason for the landslides, according to FOX Carolina. Officials continued to inspect the dam by the daylight hours.

Jones said approximately 200 people were in three shelters, founded in Marion, Old Fort and Glenwood. She said five minor injuries were reported during water rescues as nearby creeks and streams overflowed their banks and several rock slides closed roads.

Alberto had already been responsible for two deaths in North Carolina.

Anchor Mike McCormick and photojournalist Aaron Smeltzer of WYFF-TV, Greenville, S. C.-based station, were killed Monday while covering the weather. The police said a tree was uprooted from rain-soaked soil, and fell on their SUV.

“Two journalists to inform the public about this storm have tragically lost their lives, and we mourn with their families, friends and colleagues,” North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper said in a statement.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

Ryan Gaydos is an editor for Fox News. Follow him on Twitter @RyanGaydos.

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