Photo: Charlotte Fire Dept.
MCDOWELL COUNTY, NC (FOX 46 WJZY) - Members of the Charlotte Fire Department swift-water rescue team are deploying to McDowell County, North Carolina to standby as needed following a reported landslide.
The team plans to head to the impacted area at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, May 30 from the Charlotte Fire Department USAR building located at 3140 Yorkmont Road.
A flash flood emergency and a mandatory evacuation was issued for all residents living below Lake Tahoma in McDowell County overnight. The evacuations remained in place until 10 a.m.
According to Emergency Management officials, water was spilling around the sides of the Lake Tahoma dam and a landslide occurred on one side of the the dam, prompting a level one emergency.
The dam has not breached at this time.
North Carolina State Emergency Management reached out to Charlotte-Mecklenburg Emergency Management Wednesday morning for assistance.
Officials said these members are trained in boat operations and technical water rescue.