Flood waters flow into homes near Lookout Shoals

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Flood waters flow into homes near Lookout Shoals


by TONY BURBECK / NBC Charlotte

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Posted on May 6, 2013 at 6:19 PM

Updated Wednesday, Nov 6 at 8:23 PM

CATAWBA COUNTY, N.C. -- Rising flood waters on the Lake Lookout Shoals in Catawba County are flooding people's homes and forcing them to evacuate.

Ridge Street in what's known as Carpenter's Cove has some of the worst flooding.

According to Duke Energy's website, the water level in that area rose from about 3.5 feet over the full point to about 6.5 feet over full by Monday afternoon. The swollen river got into homes and swallowed a handful of docks and boats as well.

The water flooding that area is pouring over the Lookout Dam, and is the result of approximately six inches of rain over the weekend, which is in the process of flowing down river from the mountains.

"It's up to the back deck and wont' be long until it's in the house," said Randy Childer, who ran back and forth from one of the homes trying to get his daughter's belongings out.

"It's scary watching that water come up so fast," he said.

"We've got about two inches in our home," said Ramona Fulbright.

The view of her summer home is on a golf cart at the water's edge.

"We've been moving things out of the house.  We still got some that we couldn't get out because the water overtook us," she said.

Ron Steelmon owns three homes on Ridge Street and says all three are flooding.

He remodeled them after bad flooding back in 2004 and has no flood insurance.

"Just have to bite the bullet and do the best I can; nothing else I can do," he said.

"I know it's going to get worse."

That area is low and known to flood, and is why Duke Energy cut off electricity to the homes in that area.