Catawba County Officials Cancel State Of Emergency After Flash Floods

Update November 13th:

NEWTON, N.C. — Catawba County Board of Commissioners Chair Randy Isenhower cancels the State of Emergency for Catawba County effective 5 p.m. Friday, November 13th, according to a news release.

This video shows a flooded car in Wilkinson Thursday morning during the excessive rain.

CATAWBA COUNTY, N.C. — Catawba County officials issued a State of Emergency Thursday morning in response to excessive rain causing flooding, power outages, road closures and hazardous conditions including water rescues.

A Flash Flood Warning is in effect until 11 a.m. for southwestern Cabarrus, eastern Gaston, Mecklenburg and York counties.

According to the National Weather Service, some locations that are expected to experience flash flooding include Rock Hill, Uptown Charlotte, Huntersville, York, Central Charlotte, South Charlotte, Southwest Charlotte, East Charlotte, Northeast Charlotte, Northwest Charlotte, West Concord, Matthews, Cornelius, Mint Hill, Davidson, Fort Mill, Pineville, Harrisburg, Tega Cay and Clover.

The situation is considered to dangerous and life-threatening, NWS said.

The Conover Fire Department tweeted around 6 a.m. Thursday that they were responding to a water rescue at the Hiddenite Family Campground. The rescue was expected to include a group of 15 to 20 campers.

This is just one of the water rescues the fire department has responded to since the excessive rain impacted the area.

According to a Duke Energy spokesperson, the Catawba-Wateree River basin is experiencing high water and significant inflows, and extreme caution should be used near rivers, lakes and streams.

Duke Energy officials say that they are aggressively moving water through the river system, including through our hydro generating units and flood gates.

“Lookout Shoals Lake is spilling and will exceed 107 feet,” a Duke Energy spokesperson said. “Mountain Island Lake will begin spilling by noon today and the lake will exceed 102 feet and could go higher. Lake Wateree is expected to spill tomorrow morning however, the peak level cannot be estimated until the rainfall event ends.”

In Catawba County, the State of Emergency declaration enables Catawba County Emergency Services to implement coordinated response and recovery efforts in all affected unincorporated areas of the county in alignment with the Catawba County Emergency Operations Plan and in collaboration with emergency response partners.