Evacuation order cancelled in McDowell Co.

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UPDATE: Emergency management crews told 7News that the evacuation order in McDowell County has been cancelled.

An all clear has been issued and residents are being allowed to go home, but they are asking everyone to take precaution.

The following is the full advisory from McDowell County Emergency Management:

The emergency at Lake Tahoma has been cancelled. The evacuation order is no longer in effect. The engineer has performed a safety inspection and determined that the evacuation order is no longer needed. Please remain alert for additional updates, as additional rainfall is expected this afternoon. We appreciate the public’s understanding during this storm. Once again the mandatory evacuation order for all residents below Lake Tahoma has been cancelled.

McDowell County 911/Emergency Management said in a news release that Lake Tahoma has been inspected by an engineer and has been deemed safe.

Emergency Management officials added that residents should remain alert for updates, as more rainfall is expected this afternoon.


MCDOWELL CO., NC (WSPA) — A mandatory evacuation was ordered early Wednesday for all residents below Lake Tahoma.

A state of emergency has been declared in McDowell County where officials say heavy rains have caused flooding and landslides.

According to McDowell County Emergency Management, there was a landslide near the side of the Lake Tahoma dam. Officials stressed there was no break in the dam. 

The evacuation order includes the following areas:Lake Tahoma Rd from Lake Tahoma south to US 70 West
Toms Creek Rd from NC 80 to Morgan Lake Rd.
Tom Johnson Camping Center
Old Greenlee Rd from Crane Resistoflex Rd to Water Filter Plant
US 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.
Riverview Acres of Hankins Rd
Katydid Drive
Lentz Rd
Riverbend Acres off Hankins Rd
Cross Creek Drive from intersect of Hankins Rd to the 300 block
All locations along US 221 Business
Garden Creek Rd
North Main Street from Flick Video to US 70 W intersect
Burnettes Landing
Lake James Landing

Officials say the evacuation order will continue until the dam can be safely inspected. An inspection is planned around 9:30 a.m. 

Craig Walker, deputy director of McDowell Co. Emergency Management, told reporters that 200 people were in shelters. 

Shelters are open at the following locations:
YMCA of Marion (near McDowell Hospital)
Glenwood Baptist Church
Old Fort Baptist Church

For more information about the shelters, people can call 828-652-3241.

Officials ordered people at multiple campgrounds in McDowell County to evacuate Tuesday due to flash flooding. Evacuated campgrounds included Catawba Falls Campground off of Catawba River Road, Riverbreeze Campground in Marion and Deerfield Campground. 

The National Weather Service says McDowell County is under a Flash Flood Watch through Thursday.

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