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Floodwaters in Gaston County recede some overnight; roads remain shut down


The cleanup is continuing in Gaston County after the weekend flooding.

Reports of the South Fork of the Catawba has crested above the major flood category started coming in early afternoon Sunday.

By 5 p.m. Sunday, floodwaters covered areas of downtown including the Cramerton Fire Department and Cramerton Drug next door. Fire crews and the community spent much of the night sandbagging the buildings as the water continued to rise.

Town leaders in Cramerton say the river crested Monday around 1:45 a.m at a final height of 17.3 feet. According to officials, that level is the third highest crest in Cramerton.

The flood forced emergency officials to close Riverside Drive, Greenwood Place, Mayflower and Eighth Avenues and Cramer Mountain Road.

Emergency officials say they're waiting for the water to recede to assess roads for damage or sink holes.

Along Riverside Drive, the water surrounded houses.

"I was able to escape flooding inside the house" says Ron Rikard. "But it did flood under the house, all around the house except the front and it has done some damage."

Rikard says his gas pack has been damaged, and one of his utility houses flooded.

WBTV was there overnight Sunday into Monday morning as the water started to recede. By daybreak Mondays, the waters had pulled back several feet.

The other flood threat is in Lowell.

The relentless periods of showers and thunderstorms caused the South Fork Catawba River to crest submerging in water much of the Pharr Reserve Trails. Lowell Fire Department Officials say they are hoping to get some relief from rain Monday before water approaches homes between the river and Catawba Run Road.

The relentless period of showers and thunderstorms, now in its 14th day, has caused crumbling roads and flooding. For residents, it's meant postponing plans and missing fireworks.

Sightseers, including David Peche, took to the streets. Peche said the massive amount of water on Riverside Drive reminded him of flooding in 2003. He tells WBTV he had to take refuge on top of a van back then to escape the rising water.

Homeowner Ron Rikard waded through his back yard in knee deep water to try and save Christmas items in his shed. Rikard says he knew he lived in a flood plane and decided to spend the extra money for flood insurance. Rikard's wife said the couple planned to stay in their home but would take shelter in a nearby church if needed.

Police knocked on doors alerting neighbors to the rising waters. The Rikard's neighbor says she'll go to her daughters home if needed.

Numerous roads remained shut down Monday snarling traffic in some areas as people worked to find alternate ways around the floodwaters.


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