McDowell County, North Carolina, officials’ warning to residents “act now to preserve your life” as landslides cause floodwaters into the Lake Tahoma dam.
The populations of around 7,800 and 900 in the cities of Marion and Old Fort respectively – according to NBC News — and others live down the Lake Tahoma have to undergo mandatory evacuations due to a heavy rainfall of four to six inches over 24 hours, according to the National Weather Service.
The Lake Tahoma dam’s integrity has been compromised following landslide as the agency announced early Wednesday morning.
According to the NWS report the floodwaters “have reached levels not seen since the September 2004 floods associated with Hurricanes Frances and Ivan.”
The NWS warning tweet demand people to “ACT NOW TO PRESERVE YOUR LIFE!” and “THIS IS A LIFE-THREATENING SITUATION. HEED ALL EVACUATION ORDERS IMMEDIATELY!”
However, others, who have not been threatened by floodwaters being instructed to take shelter in place and avoid any travel unless they are following evacuation orders.
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The shelters have been kept opened for evacuees at the YMCA in Marion, the Glenwood Baptist Church and Old Fort Baptist Church, according to Weather.com.