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A Critical Situation Looms In Lake Lure

Aerial image of Lake Lure, North Carolina
David Dugan
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The high-risk dam at idyllic Lake Lure needs urgent repairs. Town officials have ignored the problem for at least a decade.

Lake Lure is high on Hollywood’s call list. The small town in Rutherford County has been the site for blockbuster movies including the 1987 film “Dirty Dancing.” But the community is now facing a critical situation. The dam that makes Lake Lure the idyllic spot that it is, is in urgent need of repairs that may cost up to $5 million.Reporting by Carolina Public Press reveals the North Carolina Department of Environmental Quality and previous associated agencies warned town officials for years that the Lake Lure dam has severe structural defects, including cracks, but town officials did not address the problem. Host Frank Stasio speaks with CPP Managing Editor Frank Taylor about his reporting on the dam and its risk to homes and the economy of the Lake Lure community. 


Laura Pellicer is a digital producer with WUNC’s small but intrepid digital news team.
Longtime NPR correspondent Frank Stasio was named permanent host of The State of Things in June 2006. A native of Buffalo, Frank has been in radio since the age of 19. He began his public radio career at WOI in Ames, Iowa, where he was a magazine show anchor and the station's News Director.
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