Charlotte-Mecklenburg Emergency Management is recommending that residents of the Riverside Drive area along the Catawba River evacuate due to flood conditions.
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 low-lying Riverside Drive area, south of the Mountain Island Dam in Charlotte. At 10:30 p.m. Sunday, Mountain Island Lake was at 105.8 feet, exceeding its 100-foot maximum.
The American Red Cross has set up a shelter for displaced residents at Hopewell High School, 11530 Beatties Ford Road in Huntersville, which opened Sunday night.
Updated lake levels are available any time at www.duke-energy.com/lakes, and by calling 800-829-5253.
Charlotte-Mecklenburg Emergency Management recommends signing up for CharMeck Alerts at www.charmeckalerts.org to receive emergency notifications. The department urges residents to stay away from the affected area, which also includes Hart Road, Riverhaven Drive and Lake Drive.
Here are other flood-safety tips from CMEM:
• 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.
• 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.