Residents warned as leak found in NC dam, shelter opened

A spillway between the earthen dam, which is now leaking. Photo from Fayetteville PWC.

FAYETTEVILLE, NC (WNCN) — Fayetteville and Cumberland county public safety officials have been advised by PWC of a leak in the Glenville Dam, located in the vicinity of Murchison and Filter Plant Roads.

Rain overnight or Sunday could worsen the situation, increasing the possibility of flooding downstream of the dam along Cross Creek, said Sally Shutt, Cumberland County Governmental Affairs & Public Information Officer.

UPDATE: Threat of flooding at NC dam reduced as water levels lowered

Shutt said Saturday night that there was “no significant threat.”

Public safety officials are proactively notifying residents and businesses that may be affected by flooding should the situation worsen, Shutt said in a press release.

Residents are being offered shelter at Smith Recreation Center at 1520 Smith Avenue. Officials are notifying those who might be affected by knocking on doors and utilizing the reverse 911 procedure to notify those possibly affected.

UPDATE: Threat of flooding at NC dam reduced as water levels lowered

N. C. Department of Environmental Quality dam safety officials are on site along with PWC engineers, and City and County Emergency Management.

“PWC contractors are lowering the water level as quickly as possible and have brought in extra pumps to help,” Shutt said.

Should conditions worsen, the water basin impacted will include Little Cross Creek, which flows into Big Cross Creek, located in the vicinity of Festival Park, and empties into the Cape Fear River.

PWC, City, and County officials will remain on the scene until the situation is normalized. We will continue to provide updates if the situation changes.

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