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Lake Wateree could exceed flood stage later this week
Cedar Creek Gate
Water rushes from an open gate at Cedar Creek, just upstream from Lake Wateree. Duke Energy opened the gate Tuesday morning due to recent significant rainfall. The lake is expected to reach 2.5 feet above flood stage sometime this week. - photo by Johnny Deal
Around 5:30 a.m. Tuesday, Duke Energy opened a gate by 15 feet at Cedar Creek, just upstream from Lake Wateree. According to a copy of an email message sent by Duke Energy to members of the Lake Wateree Association, the company opened the gate due to significant rainfall in the Catawba-Wateree River Basin. “With Lake Wateree at 97.44 feet, it will rise at (more than) .1 foot/hour,” George A. Galleher, of Duke Energy’s Power Generation Hydro Operations and Compliance division, said in the email.