According to Duke Energy Lake Services (lakes.duke-energy.com) the following alert has been issued:
Use caution when navigating waters and adhere to the advice of local officials before going on area lakes and rivers. Move loose objects away from shoreline and safely secure floating debris. If floating debris needs immediate attention, contact local law enforcement. For non-emergencies, contact Duke Energy Lake Services at 800.443.5193 with details.
As of 12:00 PM today, Duke Energy Lake Services reported these lake conditions:
The Catawba River Basin is experiencing significant inflows from the recent rainfall. The Hickory area has received more than 11 inches of rainfall and additional rainfall is in the forecast. The Duke Energy hydro operations team is aggressively moving water through the river system with floodgates open at Wylie, Fishing Creek, and Cedar Creek hydro stations. The Wateree Hydro station continues to generate all five generators. Lake Wateree is forecast to begin spilling Tuesday but is not expected to exceed 102.5 ft. We will provide updates as conditions change. 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. Updated lake levels are available any time at www.duke-energy.com/lakes, and by calling 800-829-5253.
At this time, Lake Wylie water level was reported at 99.6. Normal is 97, and maximum is 100.
Lake Wylie Lake Law Enforcement officers are advising the public to stay off the water while dangerous conditions exist. The fast-moving flood waters are carrying all types of debris – boats, docks, flotation platforms, pilings – making safe navigation extremely treacherous and risky.
Monitor local media and Duke Energy Lake Services for the latest updates on flooding conditions.