Alberto triggers mudslides in North Carolina

Heavy rain will reach Chicago and the Great Lakes by Wednesday afternoon

Heavy rain will reach Chicago and the Great Lakes by Wednesday afternoon

Dozens of roads in western North Carolina were blocked by mudslides or flooding, including Interstate 40 which closed for several hours near Old Fort. "But this storm isn't yet over". McDowell County Emergency Management said in flood warnings Tuesday and Wednesday.

The State of Emergency will help the state coordinate storm response and prepare for any additional impacts. The Governor will also issue a transportation waiver to expedite the movement of utility vehicles and others engaged in relief efforts.

In the last 24 hours, 4 to 7 inches of rain slammed parts of a region that had been hit by frequent rain for a couple of weeks.

Some areas have received up to 8 inches (20 centimeters) of rain since Sunday on ground that was already saturated. The flash flooding threat continues for the next several days.

There were a pair of landslides near the dam that raised concerns about the dam's integrity. DOT crews continued to keep watch on the area on Wednesday and placed concrete barriers at the bottom of the slide. Multiple semi trucks were reported stuck in floodwaters in the Greenlee community just east of Old Fort.

McDowell County's Emergency Services director, William Kehler, told NBC News that several thousand people live in the evacuated area.

Because of the flooding, schools were closed Wednesday in McDowell County, according to Fox Carolina.

McDowell County Emergency Management says an engineer at the dam recommended a "Level 1 Emergency" and called it an "extremely unsafe situation". At 10 a.m. on Wednesday, the evacuation order had been lifted after dam engineers declared the structure safe.

At least five mudslides were reported in Henderson County blocking roads near the towns of Bat Cave and Hendersonville.

Emergency management officials said 100-200 people total were under this evacuation.

A swift water rescue team from Charlotte came to assist McDowell personnel on Wednesday. No injuries were reported.

The Catawba River near Pleasant Gardens, near Marion, was at 14.4 feet, more than three feet above flood stage, U.S. Geological Survey data stated. Evacuations ongoing south of the dam.

"The landslide affected the dam on Lake Tahoma".

"This is insane", said Kelley. So, I think everyone's still on high alert and ready to be prepared.

The Riverbreeze campground site looked more like a lake than a campground with campers and trailers partially submerged in the rising flood waters.

But others were not so lucky. However, Jones said an engineer who had inspected the scene was concerned enough to order the evacuation. Across the county, hundreds of people are dealing with flood damage.

Two Department of Transportation workers also survived a close call when their dump truck was swept away by a mudslide in McDowell County while trying to clean debris from an earlier slide.

Authorities in Cuba say Alberto left four people dead there as the storm drenched the island in heavy rain. Life-threatening flash flooding is being reported along the Catawba River and its tributaries there.

"Safety is our number one priority". We've heard from residents, especially business owners, here in Asheville that have seen flooding with these kinds of storms before.

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