Due to Hurricane Florence, Duke Energy is preparing for torrential rainfall in both the upper and lower areas of the Catawba-Wateree River basin. Preparations include proactively moving water out of our reservoirs and lowering lake levels to increase reservoir storage capacity.
Before and after Hurricane Florence passes through, flow releases from our reservoirs will be higher than usual. Please do not enter turbulent and swift water resulting from the hurricane. When boating, be especially cautious and observant for floating debris such as logs, limbs and docks.
As always, we encourage those living along lakes, streams and other low-lying and flood-prone areas to pay special attention to changing weather conditions and take any necessary precautions. We will provide additional updates if conditions change. The public can get current lake levels from our website or by calling our lake phone line.
Duke Energy has posted to following message on the Lake and Recreation website (www.duke-energy.com/community
The National Hurricane Center has forecast torrential rainfall for parts of the Carolinas from Hurricane Florence. The Duke Energy hydro operations team is moving water to lower water levels in all hydro reservoirs in anticipation of this extremely large storm system. We will continue monitoring the weather and rainfall and will operate the hydro system to reduce impacts as much as possible. Please stay alert to changing conditions, as significant rainfall could lead to higher lake levels. Updated lake levels are available any time at duke-energy.com/community/l
In addition to the web posting, we would like to add: the amount Duke Energy lowers the reservoir level will depend on the severity of what we expect from Hurricane Florence. Please take precautions to protect your boats and docks. We also ask to please have a spokesperson for your group so this inbox doesn’t get flooded with emails.
Duke Energy will provide updates as conditions change.