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​Be Aware of Impacts to the Catawba River from High Lake Levels

6/11/2019

​Heavy rainfall in the Catawba River Basin has resulted in rising lake levels.  On Monday, June 10, 2019, the water level in Mountain Island Lake rose to 6.9 feet above its normal full pond elevation, which is the highest recorded water level on the lake since 1940.  

Upstream of Mountain Island Lake in Lake Norman and downstream in Lake Wylie water levels are at or above flood elevations.  These high lake levels have caused raw sewage, gasoline from overturned boats and other pollutants to discharge to the lakes creating potential human health concerns.  In addition, high water levels create very unsafe conditions for swimmers.    

Charlotte-Mecklenburg Storm Water Services urges lake users to be aware of these negative impacts and to use caution when coming in contact with these flood waters.  

Staff with Charlotte-Mecklenburg Storm Water Services are monitoring lake conditions and will issue a follow up media release when conditions have improved.