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Flood Warning Issued for South Fork River

The National Weather Service (NWS) has issued a flood warning for the South Fork River at Lowell until Tuesday Afternoon, June 11, 2019. At 7:00pm, this evening, the South Fork River at the Lowell stream gage was at 11.6 feet. Minor Flooding stage occurs at 10 feet. The NWS forecasts the river will continue to rise to near 12.6 feet by Monday morning.

This may affect areas in Cramerton, NC to include Riverside Dr. between 5th Street and 6th Streets and Goat Island Park and in Lowell, NC may affect Catawba Run Rd.  In McAdenville, NC affected areas may include Lakeview Dr. adjacent to Pharr Yarns.  And North of Dallas, NC may see an impact at the Hoyles Creek bridge on Old Willis School Rd. near Sandcastle Farm Rd.

At this time, the Gaston County Office of Emergency Management encourages Gaston County residents living along the South Fork River to use caution in low-lying and flood prone areas. People living along the shores of the South Fork River in these areas should keep alert for rising waters. Boaters, to include those with canoes and kayaks, are asked to refrain from putting their boats on the water at this time due to the rapid currents generated by this large amount of water. 

Additional heavy rainfall is possible which may cause additional high water level issues. Residents living along the South Fork River are urged to stay weather aware and be prepared to respond to rising water levels.

For further information contact W.S. Melton, Jr., Public Information Officer, Gaston County Office of Emergency Management at 704-862-8982.