Water levels rise at area lakes after heavy rain

Water levels rise at area lakes after heavy rain



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Posted on July 8, 2013 at 7:37 AM

Updated Monday, Jul 8 at 8:19 AM

CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Flooding concerns continued Monday for area lakes and officials are asking boaters to be prepared.

The Lake Norman Marine Commission is warning people to keep an eye out for debris in the water. They say the lake is nearly at full pond and, in some places, above full pond. 

The commission is telling boaters to extreme caution during daylight hours, and to avoid boating at night.

In the meantime, neighbors who live along Mountain Island Lake have seen docks entirely submerged, and they're just hoping the water doesn't continue to rise.

Water crept up the back yards of houses on Lake Drive and Riverside Drive just below the Mountain Island Lake spillway Saturday, covering docks and worrying homeowners who watched it rise.

"I've been through six… this will be seven," said Tommy Daniel of the floods.

His dock was two inches under water.  And Daniel had to worry about his own stuff too.

"This morning was a headache trying to get everything moved out," said Daniel. "The cars moved, getting prepared for a flood, not knowing if it was coming or not."

"Not knowing" is what bothers Daniel the most. Not knowing how high the lake will go, or if enough water will be let out of the Lake Wylie dam below them to keep their homes from flooding.

He said Duke Energy, which controls lake levels, doesn't do enough to tell neighbors their plan for the lakes.

"Everyone up and down the street kinda wondering why they're not moving it," said Daniel.

Duke Energy spokesman Lisa Hoffmann said Duke officials are watching lake levels closely following last week's heavy rains, and keeping an eye on the rain that is in the forecast.

Hoffmann said Duke is letting the same amount of water into Mountain Island Lake from Lake Norman, as is flowing out of it from the Mountain Island spillway.

Lake Norman and Wiley have not experienced any drastic changes in water levels or flooding.