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Some Catawba-Wateree Lakes May Reach Full Pond or Above Today Aug. 27, 2008

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Rainfall amounts in the past 24 hours ranging from five inches to eight inches throughout the entire Catawba-Wateree basin may cause some lakes to reach or exceed full pond levels later today.

Duke Energy is operating its hydro system to protect the dams, reservoirs and the public safety along the river. Right now, lake levels are below full pond, but with this amount of rainfall the following is expected:

  • Lake James, Lake Rhodhiss, Lake Hickory, Lookout Shoals - to full pond or above full pond levels expected by today between noon to afternoon
  • Lake Norman, Mountain Island - levels increasing but expected to remain below full pond today
  • Lake Wylie - expected to remain below full pond today
  • Fishing Creek - gate operation expected today at noon or later
  • Lake Wateree - to full pond or above full pond expected by this afternoon

This forecast is based on rainfall received. Additional rainfall forecast for the basin today can change this timeline.  Duke Energy encourages residents up and down the Catawba-Wateree basin to take appropriate precautions now to plan for this high water event. Continue monitoring the National Weather Service and local emergency management officials’ recommendations for actions needed. Boaters are reminded to be alert to floating debris.

Duke Energy has implemented a comprehensive emergency response plan for this event. Updates will be provided throughout this event. For the most current information on lake levels, please go to .

Duke Energy's Carolinas operations include nuclear, coal-fired, natural gas and hydroelectric generation. That diverse fuel mix provides nearly 21,000 megawatts of safe, reliable and competitively priced electricity to more than 2.3 million electric customers in a 24,000-square-mile service area of North Carolina and South Carolina.  Duke Energy, one of the largest electric power companies in the United States, supplies and delivers electricity to approximately 4 million U.S. customers in its regulated jurisdictions. The company has approximately 35,000 megawatts of electric generating capacity in the Midwest and the Carolinas, and natural gas distribution services in Ohio and Kentucky. In addition, Duke Energy has more than 4,000 megawatts of electric generation in Latin America, and is a joint-venture partner in a U.S. real estate company.

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