Woodlake Dam Still At Risk, Evacuations In Effect

MOORE COUNTY, NC (WNCN) - The National Weather Service states Woodlake Dam is still subject to breach and officials say evacuations are still in place for locals. CBS North Carolina says at least 78 people have refused to evacuate despite a mandatory evacuation being issued for surrounding communities.

A apparent hole in the dam has grown exponentially and National Guard members are attempting to close the hole by placing sandbags in place.

Earlier, Spring Lake officials had stated the dam was stabilized and residents could return home on a case-by-case basis. However, state officials had a completely different take.

Tuesday morning, Governor Pat McCrory had strong words for residents to refused to evacuate the area near the dam. People who live along Crane Creek and the Lower Little River were notified or told to evacuate. 

"Get out," McCrory said. "Get out now."

“That is unacceptable. You are putting not only your life at jeopardy, you are putting our emergency rescue crews at jeopardy,” McCrory said.

As of Sunday morning, the Dam was at 'extreme risk' of failure. Spring Lake officials also said a dam failure could cause two to three feet of additional flooding.

The National Weather service said the dam was under pressure from Hurricane Matthew flood waters and could fail at any moment. The NWS issued a flash flood warning for communities near the dam.

In 2014, the Department of Environmental Quality said the dam was classified as “high hazard” by the North Carolina Dam Safety Program.

WFMY News 2 will keep you updated as this story develops. 

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