Severe Flooding Takes Toll, Several Dead
On Sunday, a state of crisis was announced by the Mayor for the city of Conover, North Carolina, along with Catawba County, as a consequence of the heavy rain and flooding in the region. A similar announcement was made by the city of Hickory, North Carolina.
In the past 3 days, some places in the western North Carolina have witnessed more than a foot of rain. This takes account of 13.64 inches in the neighborhood of Brookford and 13.57 inches east of Boone, North Carolina. Rivers in the vicinity of Todd, North Carolina were overwhelmed by floodwaters, almost immersing cars at a park in close proximity.
To the south, Hickory, North Carolina, witnessed 2 successive days with rainfall totals over three inches on Friday and Saturday. Almost two inches of additional rainfall in Hickory on Sunday and more rain will add to the storm total through Monday night.
At the nearby Lookout Shoals Dam, the Catawba River rose to the 2nd-highest phase on record at 108.19 feet on Sunday morning. 114.40 feet is the all-time record from August 30, 1940. The amount of water streaming down the Catawba River basin is being scrutinized closely by the officials, which is causing noteworthy rises along Mountain Island Lake, situated to the northwest of Charlotte.
There’s the worry that the lake may possibly go up to levels not witnessed since May 2013, when the lake peaked at 104.02 feet.
Localities in the Charlotte region are submerged by flooding from Sunday into Monday. Local news reporters capture cars and homes underwater in the vicinity. A coupled being saved from their home in the Mount Holly neighborhood on Monday morning, was captured by FOX46 Charlotte news reporter and anchor Lindsey Clean. The couple was brought to drier, safer ground by a rescue team on a boat as high floodwaters encircle their home.
As of Monday morning, a total of 34 inhabitants were rescued by the Charlotte Fire Department. “We will keep on keeping an eye on the circumstances as more rain is anticipated today [Monday],” the Charlotte Fire Department said in a Tweet.
The classes were canceled on Monday by the community college and local schools in Catawba County as a result of hazardous travel circumstances and area flooding. Floodwaters encircle Valle Crucis Elementary in the Watauga Valley, situated in Sugar Grove, North Carolina, near the Watauga River. A delayed start was announced by the school on account of the flooding.
Large debris was carried along by fast-moving water along the Catawba River in Mecklenburg and Gaston counties. A hot tub even appeared to be floating down the river.