Flooding along Catawba River damages several homes

Flooding along Catawba River damages several homes

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by DIANNE GALLAGHER / NBC Charlotte Staff

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WCNC.com

Posted on May 8, 2013 at 5:47 AM

Updated Wednesday, May 8 at 6:00 AM

CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Police remained out at Riverside Drive throughout Tuesday night to keep people away from the flooded areas. 

Crews from Duke Energy were also close by monitoring the power situation. People who chose not to evacuate were asked to stay inside their homes until daylight for safety purposes. 

Just a few hours before night fell, Katherine Oliver was watching the strong Catawba River current carrying a hot tub through the backyard of her brother's Lake Drive home.

"The water has already gone up past the electrical outlet on the gazebo," explained Oliver," the boardwalk is right along the middle of the gazebo line, but you can't see it because it's all under water.  The water is usually about three feet under where we sit."  Tuesday afternoon, the water covered all but the roof of that gazebo.

Neither Oliver, her brother nor parents planned to evacuate their homes.

"I would rather be in my house with it creeping up, move my furniture up off the floor, along with my valuables, than be at a hotel or something and be wondering what's going on with my house."

Several others on Lake Drive echoed Oliver's statement.  Half a dozen people use canoes to transport items to and from their homes.

A few homeowners claimed they never received the warning call about the water level rising.

Duke Energy said some houses could be without power until Saturday or Sunday, depending on the weather.
 

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