Flooding threat at NC dam reduced as water levels lowered

A photo of the dam after water levels were reduced.

FAYETTEVILLE, N.C. (WNCN) – Fayetteville Public Works crews have lowered the water at Glenville Dam to a manageable level, reducing the chances that it will flood, said Sally Shutt, Cumberland County Governmental Affairs & Public Information Officer.

Fayetteville and Cumberland County public safety officials had been alerted to a leak in the dam by the Fayetteville Public Works Committee Saturday.

A photo of the dam before water levels were reduced.
A photo of the dam before water levels were reduced.

There was concern that rain overnight or Sunday could worsen the situation, increasing the possibility of flooding downstream of the dam along Cross Creek to the basin area following a leak in a temporary dam.

The temporary dam is in place to hold back water as construction is being completed on a new spillway at Glenville Lake. After heavy rainfall on Friday, the water had risen near the top of the temporary dam.

The leak was discovered as efforts were being made to reduce water levels and alleviate stress on the temporary dam.

Residents and businesses downstream of the dam were warned that they could experience flooding if the situation worsened. A temporary shelter at Smith Recreation Center, located at 1520 Slater Ave., has been set up for those who are concerned about possible flooding in the area.

Meghan Benotti, a shelter manager said “our local DSS is here to help people get checked in. We show them where the cot section is, where the people can sleep and then we show them around obviously where the restrooms are.”

Benotti says they can accommodate about 150 people. They will provide food and water. Nurses are also on site to assist with medical needs.

There were no residents that used the shelter as of late Sunday.

A photo of the dam after water levels were reduced.
A photo of the dam after water levels were reduced.

The situation remains under control with no significant threat to people and businesses downstream of the dam along Cross Creek, Shutt said.

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

Residents may contact PWC’s call center at 1-877-687-0178 with questions.

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