(Duke Energy sent the following update at 1 p.m., Wednesday.)
CHARLOTTE, NC - Duke Energy continues moving water downstream in order to protect the dams, reservoirs and public safety along the 225-mile Catawba-Wateree River. In some locations, stream flows are registering record highs from the huge rainfall amounts received in our region. More showers and thunderstorms are predicted this afternoon/evening. Based on current information, operating experience and the forecast for more rain, Duke Energy provides the following updated information:
- Lake James, Lake Rhodhiss, Lake Hickory - expected to reach full pond or above today during the evening
- Lookout Shoals - expected to reach full pond or above today in the afternoon (Duke Energy will operate a gate at Oxford dam on Lake Hickory to try to keep Lookout Shoals just below 102 feet)
- Lake Norman, Mountain Island - levels increasing but expected to remain below full pond today
- Lake Wylie - expected to reach full pond today, however, Duke Energy will operate a gate to continue water moving downstream
- Fishing Creek - gate operating today to keep water moving downstream
- Lake Wateree - expected to reach full pond and begin spilling overnight - NOTE - a lake level of 102.5 feet or above may occur overnight
This forecast is based on rainfall received. Additional rainfall received in the basin todaycan changethis timeline.
Residents who live in low lying, flood prone areas should take appropriate precautions now to plan for this high water event. Continue to monitor the National Weather Service and follow local emergency management officials' recommendations for required actions.