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​Catawba River Flooding Advisory

6/9/2019

What:    Several inches of rain across the western North Carolina region is causing a dangerous flooding situation in the Catawba River basin. Potential for major flooding exists in the Riverside Drive area along the Catawba River. Charlotte Mecklenburg Emergency Management is recommending that those who live in this area evacuate. 

When:   We anticipate heavy rain continuing throughout the evening.     
   
Where:  The American Red Cross has set up a shelter for displaced residents at Hopewell  High School, located at 11530 Beatties Ford Road, Huntersville, NC 28078. The shelter will open at 8 p.m. on Sunday, June 9.
 
More Details: 

  • Charlotte-Mecklenburg Emergency Management recommends signing up for CharMeck Alerts at www.charmeckalerts.org to receive emergency notifications.
  • Residents should stay away from the affected area.
  • Do not go into the river or floodwaters - no canoes or boats, etc.
  • Pay attention barricades placed in the roadway by law enforcement.
  • Do not attempt to drive through floodwaters - “Turn around, don’t drown.”
  • For your safety, if you have another location to evacuate to please do so, or use the shelter.
  • Make sure you have your ID for proof of residency to get back to your home.
  • Do not enter, come in contact with, or drink the floodwaters. Clean everything that comes in contact with floodwater.
  • If you have any questions or concerns regarding health safety, call the Mecklenburg County Health Department, 704-336-6500.
  • If you are using any open flame for heat, lighting, or cooking, keep it at least three feet away from any combustible materials and do not use any charcoal grills inside as it will result in dangerous levels of carbon monoxide.
  • If you self-evacuate to another location, be prepared to tell the CMPD officers at the checkpoints that you are leaving, your address, and the number of people in your household.
  • Power may be disconnected to protect customers, their homes and equipment.
  • Residential meters may be removed by Duke Energy to prevent damage to the meter, thereby it will allow for quicker reentry to residences.
  • Power restoration will continue at a pace determined by accessibility and safety.
  • Remember to operate generators safely.
  • For questions relating to power, call 1-800-POWERON.