LILESVILLE, N.C. — A dam burst in Anson County, North Carolina, Monday in the wake of Hurricane Florence and the torrential rains the storm dumped on the state for days.
DAM FAILURE: Aerial footage shows the site of the Sanford Dam in Boiling Springs Lake, North Carolina, after it gave way under the weight of Hurricane Florence rains, with the road completely washed away by floodwaters. https://t.co/YAouM4pLCW pic.twitter.com/YxLiq6oqKu
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Hurricane Florence has left misery in its wake. People watch the flood waters rise as the Rockfish creek overflows a roadway on September 17, 2018 in Fayetteville, North Carolina. A dam burst in Anson County Monday evening and officials fear more are stressed after the deluge of rain from Florence. Photo: Joe Raedle/Getty Images
Residents forced to evacuate after dam breaks in North Carolina in wake of Hurricane Florence
A dam burst in Anson County, North Carolina, Monday in the wake of Hurricane Florence and the torrential rains the storm dumped on the state for days.
It happened in Lilesville and luckily it was not as a serious as it might have been.
The Anson County Sheriff’s Office ordered several homes evacuated as they assessed the possible damages and whether a continuing threat existed.
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Emergency management officials said they think the houses are safe, but they still evacuated about 12 homes.
Evacuees were sent to the Lilesville Fire Department.
The dam is not the Blewett Falls Dam, officials said. It’s part of a sand and gravel company — BV Hedrick Dam.
This dam break will most likely breach another one of the company’s dams, officials said.
Dam inspectors with DEQ are on site even though it’s not a regulated dam.
Officials are reporting the death toll from Hurricane Florence has increased to 31, with 24 victims in North Carolina.