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Evacuations ordered after landslide “compromises” US dam integrity

Residents living downstream from the Lake Tahoma Dam in North Carolina, US were ordered to leave their homes yesterday after it was feared that a landslide had compromised the integrity of the dam.

The National Weather Service warned of danger to life and urged residents to leave the area after the landslide resulted in high water levels within the lake and water spilling around the sides of the dam.

The lake is believed to be privately owned but no details about the ownership of the concrete gravity dam have been released.

No details or images of the landslide have yet been published.

 

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