Flood warning remains in effect for South Fork Catawba River

CHARLOTTE, NC (WBTV) - While a flood warning remains in effect today for the South Fork Catawba River in Gaston County, the worst looks to  be over.

The flood crested on the river at Lowell early this morning, peaking at 17.31 feet just before 2am.  The river is now slowly receding back toward its banks and should continue to do so as no additional rain is forecast through Tuesday.

By this evening, only minor flooding is expected, as the river falls back below 10 feet.

Still, the damage is done, many parts of Lowell and Cramerton have seen extensive flooding and clean up of water-damaged properties is ongoing. 

The peak of 17.31 feet earlier today is the 3rd highest on record and highest in 43 years, but well below the all-time record of 21.30 feet set in August of 1940.

Everyone in the WBTV viewing area is urged to stay updated on the weather situation, as more rain is likely to return Wednesday and Thursday, some of which will be heavy, perhaps prompting even more flooding.

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