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UPDATE: Duke Energy Reports Most Lakes at or Below Full Pond August 28, 2008 - 8:45 a.m.

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CHARLOTTE, N.C. -

Duke Energy continues to run the hydroelectric generating stations on the Catawba-Wateree River and move excess rainfall downstream. This aggressive water management plan, combined with less rainfall overnight, has sustained the majority of lakes below full pond or flooding levels.

It's important to note that Lake Wateree, the lake at the bottom of the 225-mile river, is now projected to reach full pond this evening and possibly exceed full pond Friday.

Here is a current update of lake levels based on operational plans for today and rainfall received:

  • Lake James - level increasing but expected to remain below full pond.
  • Lake Rhodhiss, Lake Hickory - expected to range in level during the day but remain below full pond.
  • Lookout Shoals - reached full pond Wednesday afternoon and expected to remain below 102 feet.
  • Lake Norman - levels increasing but expected to remain below full pond.
  • Mountain Island - levels increasing but expected to remain below full pond.
  • Lake Wylie and Fishing Creek - expected to remain below full pond. However, gates will continue operating on each lake to keep water moving downstream.
  • Lake Wateree - expected to reach full pond this evening - NOTE - a lake level ranging from 101-102 feet may occur Friday.

This forecast is based on rainfall received. Additional rainfall received in the basin can change this timeline.

Residents who live in low lying, flood prone areas should take appropriate precautions now to plan for this high water event. Continue to monitor the National Weather Service and follow local emergency management officials' recommendations for required actions.

Boaters are reminded to be alert to floating debris. For the most current information on lake levels, please go to https://www.duke-energy.com/lakes/levels.asp.

Updates will be provided throughout this event, as conditions warrant.


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