Albertos flooding threatens dams in NC mountains

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Heavy rains and a landslide in the western North Carolina mountains "compromised the integrity" of a dam and triggered urgent calls for mandatory evacuations. At 7:15 am, an update said that dam engineers will perform inspections during daylight hours to determine whether the evacuation order is still needed.

Though Alberto had passed, a second storm system was active Thursday in the lower OH and upper Tennessee valleys where severe weather and flash floods were possible due to the heavy rain.

Google - Labeled for Reuse The Lake Tahoma dam has been inspected by an engineer and deemed safe for the time being.

Lake Tahoma is a private lake in the mountains, in McDowell County. "To save your life, please heed all county evacuation notices and take action to leave the vicinity immediately!" "It was a constant rain but not a heavy rain", said Regina Myers, emergency management director in Walker County northwest of Birmingham. We need the public to be a partner with us and do not go around barriers.

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The North Carolina Department of Transportation has been assessing damage and removing debris caused by mudslides, washouts and flooding on interstates, highways and local roads. North Carolina's governor is urging his state's residents to exercise caution as rains from a subtropical depression spread into his and other Southern states, noting the deaths of McCormick and another broadcast journalists killed by a falling tree as they reported on the severe weather associated with Alberto.

Alberto, the first named storm of a hurricane season that won't officially start until Friday, made landfall Monday west of Panama City on Florida's Gulf Coast, delivering heavy rains, surging seas and winds of 45 miles per hour. Stay on top of breaking news stories with the ABC11 News App North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper toured the hard-hit areas Thursday. She said five minor injuries were reported during water rescues as nearby creeks and streams overflowed their banks and several rock slides closed roads.

Further north in Virginia's Madison County, the sheriff's office said rescuers were searching for a female reported missing the night before.

"Following more than six inches of rain overnight in many areas of Western North Carolina, numerous residents are without power this morning in the Lake Lure area, as many trees are down and roads blocked", Lake Lure said in a Facebook post. The men were able to climb from the overturned truck and stand on its side in the Catawba River until they were rescued, Cooper said. These include Burnettes Landing, Lake James Landing (Paddy's Creek), State Park, and Mystic Landing. It is reported that the landslide was provoked by heavy downpours.

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