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Evacuations lifted in Spring Lake, Vass after threat of Woodlake Dam failure


Officials say Woodlake Dam has been stabilized after state dam inspectors and Moore County officials announced a leak in the eastern Moore County dam late Monday night.

The news prompted the Town of Spring Lake and Vass Township to issue an immediate, mandatory evacuation order to residents and businesses along the Lower Little River, which is downstream from Woodlake, after an inspector spotted a hole in the dam.


A breach would have sent as much as two to three feet of additional flooding to downstream communities in Moore, Hoke and Harnett counties.

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Tuesday morning, officials reinforced the dam with sandbags.

Spring Lake Fire and Police Departments went door-to-door overnight to inform residents and businesses. The Spring Lake Evacuation Shelter opened at the Town of Spring Lake Recreation Center.

WATCH: Joel Brown reports from Moore County

WATCH: Residents downstream of Woodlake Dam told to evacuate
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