CHARLOTTE — Duke Energy worked last week moving high water through the Catawba-Wateree Basin and encouraging lakeside residents to use caution in low-lying and flood-prone areas.
Some areas in the upper Catawba region had received 11 inches of rain or more in three days, requiring Duke Energy’s hydro operations team to move significant water volumes through the Catawba River’s 225 miles and chain of 11 reservoirs and 13 hydroelectric stations.
Some streams and tributaries flowed at 50-100 times their normal volumes of water. Duke Energy encouraged residents near Lake Wateree to be alert for rising lake levels. In addition, the company expects the Mountain Island Lake water level to remain high for up to several weeks.
Monitor lake levels online at duke-energy.com/lakes/levels.asp, where special messages on lakes also are available, or call the Lake Information Line at 1-800-829-5253
Anyone with questions about what actions to take during such events should contact a local county emergency management office. Here are suggested safety measures for high water conditions:
• People who live along lakes and rivers and in other low-lying areas or areas prone to flooding should pay attention to local media for changing weather conditions and rising lake and river levels.
• Know your area’s flood risk. During rains that have lasted for several hours or even several days, be attentive to the chance of flooding.
• High water conditions and debris can create navigational hazards and the public should use caution and adhere to the advice of local emergency management officials before going on area lakes or rivers.
• Residents along lakes and rivers should move loose objects away from the shoreline to prevent creating additional navigational hazards.
• Residents who have electrical service to facilities (piers, outside lighting on seawalls, etc.) on or near the water, should have a qualified electrical contractor de-energize this service to avoid injuries and equipment damage.
For more information, visit duke-energy.com.