Heavy Rain Causes Flooding Concerns in Gaston County
Due to recent heavy rainfall, the National Weather Service has issued a Flood Watch for residents in Gaston County until 7 tonight, while residents of North-Central Gaston County are in a Flood Warning until 4:30 p.m. Those towns in the warning include but are not limited to Cherryville, Stanley and High Shoals.
The National Weather Service has also issued a Flood Warning for the South Fork River which is forecast to reach 14.1 feet by noon on Friday. This places the river in Moderate Flood Stage and at this point, the South Fork River may be flooding several roads in the Cramerton area, including Cramer Mountain Rd. along Duharts Creek, Riverside Dr., 8th Avenue near the South Fork Masonic Lodge and adjacent park, and Greenwood Place near Lakewood Park.
Flood waters may also be flooding Goat Island Park in Cramerton and Riverside Dr. and 5th and 6th Streets in Cramerton. Flood waters may also be approaching homes on Catawba Run Rd. in Lowell. Hoyles Creek Rd. at Old Willis School Rd. north of Dallas, NC may also be impacted at the bridge near Sandcastle Road. At 11.5 feet flood waters are inundating Riverside Dr. between 5th and 6th Streets.
The Gaston County Parks and Recreation Department announced Thursday morning that South Fork River Park is closed until further notice due to flooding.
Duke Energy has also advised that Mountain Island Lake is projected to exceed 102 feet which places it in the Action/Advisor Stage. Water levels could, in fact, reach or exceed 103 feet which would place it in Minor Flooding Stage This can also cause raised water levels and flooding downstream from the mountain island. Residents with property adjacent to the lake and along the Catawba River chain should take appropriate preventive actions to protect their property.
The Gaston County Office of Emergency Management and Fire Services recommends the following for residents of Gaston County –
- For residents living along the South Fork River, the Catawba River, and along creeks and rivers pay attention to weather forecasts and to rising water levels. Residents with personal watercraft stored in boat houses and docks on those waters should consider bringing them ashore.
- Motorists should pay close attention when driving for flooding of roadways and over wash from creeks and streams. Never drive through water that is flooding roadways. Swift moving currents can quickly carry large vehicles downstream.
- Residents should check storm drains around their homes and make sure they are free of debris that can cause water to back up and flood and make sure sump pumps in basements are working properly.
- The Gaston County Office of Emergency Management recommends residents not take part in recreational water sports such as boating, swimming, and fishing in waterways during this weather event.
Please stay tuned to the National Weather Service for updated weather forecasts.