Moore County officials begin evacuations after ‘issues' found at dam

VASS, N.C. (WNCN) — Moore County officials have begun evacuations after finding “issues” at Woodlake Dam on Lake Surf, officials said.

The National Weather Service issued a flash flood warning, saying that county officials assessed the dam as being “at risk of imminent failure.”

In an email, D. Scot Brooks, the county’s deputy director of public safety, emphasized that the evacuations are still precautionary, countering rumors that the dam had already given way.

“The Woodlake Dam has not breached!!!” he wrote. “We have dam safety staff on the scene who have located a new issue and they have suggested that we evacuate residents downstream.”

According to the National Weather Service, “A failure would result in flash flooding downstream on Crane Creek with flood waters eventually reaching the Little River.”

Anyone in the affected area should move to higher ground now, according to the weather service.

Areas at particular risk include those near Route 690, also called Lobelia Road, and near Cabins Creek Road and McPherson Road.

More information will be added as it becomes available.

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