North Carolina dam in danger of breaching, evacuations ordered



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Officials in Ashe County, N. C., told the residents in the community of Creston to vacate their home the night of Sunday to Monday, a dam holding back water swollen by Florence threatened to violate.

The National Weather Service reported that the Upper reaches of the Dam was in danger to be violated and warned everyone that downstream of the dam to evacuate. Forecasters also announced a flash flood warning was in effect for Ashe County until 8 a.m. Monday.

809 Sunday: The Upper reaches of the Dam in Creston, NC is likely to be violated. Residents downstream of the dam at 5010 Top Three Road must evacuate.

— NWS Blacksburg (@NWSBlacksburg) September 17, 2018

It was not immediately clear how many people were evacuated.

Florence has dumped more than 30 inches of rain in North Carolina, because it made arrive as a Category 1 hurricane Friday. Tens of thousands are ordered to evacuate from communities along the condition of the steadily rising rivers — the Cape Fear, Little River, Lumber, Waccamaw, and Pee Dee rivers are all projected to be out of their banks.

The reservoir in the Upper reaches Developmnet is close to capacity and is in danger of a breech birth. Anyone downstream of 5010 Top Three Road must evacuate.

— Ashe EM (@Ashe_EM) September 16, 2018


Stream gauges in the region showed the water level rises steadily, with forecasts calling for rivers to crest Sunday and Monday at or near a record level. The Ministry of Defence said about 13,500 military personnel was assigned to help the relief efforts.

The storm is blamed for 17 deaths, 11 of them in North Carolina.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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