Officials: Lake Tahoma Dam failing

McDowell County Emergency Management reported the Lake Tahoma Dam was in imminent failure.

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

This includes:

  • 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

Shelters are open at the following locations:

  • YMCA of Marion (near McDowell Hospital)
  • Glenwood Baptist Church
  • Old Fort Baptist Church

The Class 1 Emergency at Lake Tahoma will continue until inspectors evaluate the dam during daylight hours. 

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