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Lake Wateree residents deal with flooding
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Boaters on Lake Wateree found it difficult to launch their boats because of the flooding caused by heavy rainfall in the feeder lakes in the upper Catawba River Basin. - photo by Johnny Deal
Several Lake Wateree residents reported that their docks were underwater or inaccessible due to high lake levels Thursday. Duke Energy, which operates dams along the Catawba River basin, of which Lake Wateree is a part, alerted residents earlier this week to prepare for the rising water. It said significant rainfall had led the company to open spillways and floodgates along the chain so that water could flow at a “measured pace” to protect low-lying homes.