CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Dozens of families have abandoned their homes for higher ground, trying to stay ahead of floodwaters.
Voluntary evacuations are in effect Tuesday for people near the Catawba River in Mecklenburg and Catawba counties after Monday's heavy rain.
Water levels continued to rise near the river Tuesday, prompting the Catawba County Board of Commissioners to declare a State of Emergency.
No restrictions are imposed as part of the declaration, but the declaration begins the process of requesting state funds to deal with the distaster, and authorizes Catawba County Emergency Management to execute emergency operations plans.
So far, 92 homes have been directly impacted by flood waters, according to the Red Cross.
Due to multiple hazards including household items, fluids from flooded vehicles, swift water currents and debris, the public is urged to stay off of the Catawba River.
A town hall meeting will be held on Tuesday night at 6:30 at Cook's Memorial Memorial Presbyterian Church to share the latest information on the flooding. Representatives from Duke Energy, the Charlotte Fire Department, CMPD, Red Cross and MEDIC will be on hand to answer questions.
A shelter has also been set up at Cook Presbyterian for those evacuating the floods. The church is located in the 2900 block of Mount Holly Huntersville Road in Charlotte.
Heavy rainfall on Monday caused the river and surrounding lakes to rise rapidly.
Tuesday afternoon, emergency crews asked about 10 families to evacuate their homes, and Duke Energy cut the power to about 30 homes in the Riverside Community.
According to the Charlotte Fire Department, the 1400 block of Riverside Drive has been closed to vehicles and pedestrians due to high water levels from the Catawba River.
The road is located near the river which has risen several feet during Monday morning's heavy rain in the Charlotte area.
Duke Energy is reporting a few hundred customers without power.
NBC Charlotte reporters Tony Burbeck, Richard Devayne, Michelle Boudin, Rad Berky and Dianne Gallagher will have more details in the 5 p.m. and 6 p.m. newscasts.