'State of Emergency' Declared after Flooding in Catawba Co.


by Anthony Burman

CHARLOTTE, N.C.-- Flooding throughout most of North Carolina's High Country led Catawba County officials to declare a State of Emergency.

Board of Commissioners Chair Katherine Barnes made the declaration late Monday afternoon in response to serious flooding in several areas of the county caused by heavy rain.

Many homes have been affected in northwest Charlotte as well.  High water levels in the Catawba River have caused flooding and some evacuations.

The declaration does not impose any restrictions, but does allow the opening of the process for requesting assistance from the State of North Carolina in dealing with this disaster and authorizes Catawba County Emergency Management to execute the county emergency operations plan.
More than 35 homes in the northern and eastern parts of the Catawba County have been damaged by the floods. Extensive rain at the headwaters of the Catawba River caused the river and lakes to rise rapidly, which will recede slowly over the next several days.
Catawba County Emergency Management will have teams in the flooded areas to assist affected citizens, provide information and perform damage assessment at affected homes.


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