Wake Forest dam stabilized; no evacuations necessary
Posted April 26
Wake Forest, N.C. — After heavy rains threatened a breach at Lewis Dam, Wake Forest officials say the water flow has subsided and no evacuations will be necessary.
On Tuesday morning, safety inspectors from the NC Department of Environmental Quality and officials from Wake Forest and Wake County discovered that high water was causing "significant bank erosion just downstream of the earthen dam," according to a news release.
Officials said that if the bank erosion had continued, the integrity of the earthen dam may have been compromised.
Crews used about 200 sandbags to reinforce the dam and two pumps to reduce the flow of water. The pumps will stay in place for a few days.
Wake County Emergency Management issued a warning Tuesday evening to approximately 45 area residents that there was a potential for a dam breach. Inspectors will continue to monitor the dam over the next several days.
Lewis Dam impacts the Fairlake Community and is owned by the Fairlake Community Homeowners’ Association. The dam was built in the 1930s and holds back about 10 acres of water in its reservoir.