Voluntary Evacuation Order Issued For Northwest Charlotte Neighborhoods Due To Flooding Has Been Lifted

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Due to the receding water level of the Catawba River, Charlotte-Mecklenburg Emergency Management has lifted the voluntary evacuation order that was issued Friday morning for northwest Charlotte neighborhoods along the Catawba River.

“While the floodwaters are receding, they still present a dangerous condition and residents in the area are urged to exercise extreme caution as the water continues to recede,” city officials say.

The congregate shelter activated at Hopewell High School will close as an effective shelter at noon Friday.

Any residents needing resources are encouraged to contact the American Red Cross at (800) RED-CROSS for assistance.

Original Story (11/13/20):

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — A voluntary evacuation order has been issued for northwest Charlotte neighborhoods along the Catawba River as floodwaters are expected to rise and threaten homes Friday morning.

Charlotte-Mecklenburg Emergency Management has issued a voluntary evacuation order for Riverside Drive, Lake Drive, Beagle Club Road, and Hart Road, effective at 6:45 a.m. on Nov. 13.

The order comes one day after historic flooding hit the Carolinas, including Charlotte, resulting in river levels reaching new heights after heavy rain.

Officials say residents in the area are advised to evacuate immediately and seek higher ground. Water levels on the Catawba River in this area are expected to reach 103.5 feet or higher.

A congregate shelter will be activated at Hopewell High School, located on Beatties Ford Road in Huntersville, for displaced residents in need of a place to go. The shelter will be open by 7:30 a.m. Residents can bring their pets with them to the shelter.

The Charlotte Fire Department and Charlotte-Mecklenburg Emergency Management are on-scene to communicate with residents and assist with evacuation efforts.