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Old 06-13-2019, 09:10 AM
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The floods around Mountain Island Lake are incredible. I know there are concerns about e-coli and debris now all along the Catawba Chain.

Anyone on Lake Norman or Lake Wylie have any first hand info on the real situation rather than news reports?

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Old 06-13-2019, 09:12 AM
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i'm part of a kayak club and they've circulated a good amount of pictures of the floods -- i don't have a good reason to head that direction after work so I haven't seen anything first hand

https://www.facebook.com/dave.fergus...8109289460773/

I do have a kayak catfish tournament on tuckertown this weekend and they've got a similar event -- gonna be muddy and high

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Old 06-13-2019, 10:06 AM
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Someone’s yard floating down Wylie behind my house
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Old 06-13-2019, 10:23 AM
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I am on High Rock Lake. The lake is definitely full, or very very close to it. But no flooding as of now. We had over an inch of rain last night. And much more in the previous days. I would expect to see a lot of floating debris, and probably muddy water. So basically a normal weekend on High Rock

Cube Hydro has been actively managing the water level. Seemingly more so than Alcoa had in the past. If we are expecting a lot of rain, I have noticed that Cube will drain the lake very quickly to compensate. Overall, our water level has been consistently higher than in years past.

I am supposed to go to Lake Norman Saturday, so I am interested in hearing the condition of it right now.
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Old 06-13-2019, 10:53 AM
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This is from the local news. Community boat dock floated away and lodged up against the bridge
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Old 06-13-2019, 10:55 AM
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Water has been rushing over the spillway from Mountain Island to Wylie for days now. The few houses right at the top of wylie are flooded (Riverside Drive) and someones dock is pushed up against a bridge piling at HWY 27 going into Mount Holly. I've crossed that bridge everyday for many years and don't think I've ever seen wakes behind the pilings from the river moving so fast, but that's been the case all week. The level has receded some, the parking lot of the boat ramp under the bridge was completely submerged a few days ago and is looking somewhat normal now.
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Old 06-13-2019, 11:05 AM
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I live on Lake Norman just north of the Hwy 150 bridge in the Stumpy Creek area. We have been here for the last 9 years and this is the highest we have ever seen the lake. However, there was no real damage in our area. Norman can hold a lot of water so we don’t have the extreme fluctuations the other lakes have. Last Sunday the water in our area was still pretty clear but the main channel had a very muddy stream that was following the main channel line. Today is the first day that muddy water as backed up or flowed into our area. Not too bad but definitely noticeable.

When we have this situation I stay out of main channel due to the debris that flows down from the north. Back is the creeks its never as bad. I don’t have any first hand knowledge of the Mountain Island lake area, just the new reports. I heard that 40+ homes were damaged in the low lying areas and around 20 were total losses. In retrospect, Duke Energy should have drained the levels down ahead of time. Norman hit full pond level of 100 but Mountain Island lake hit 105. At those levels, then docks start floating over the height of the pilings and get loose.

There was no real warnings in the Duke website or in the local news ahead of time. The website, under “check lake levels” that Mountain Island Lake is expected to hit 105 and people in low lying areas should be alert to this. It’s the same generic statement they issue whenever there is any quick rise in the levels. IMO they should have been more proactive to the general public of what that exactly means to their property. At 100, I have 8” to spare before my boat gets stuck on my lift and I can’t get it out from under the roof. I than have about 3’ to spare before my dock will float off my pilings. Most people don’t have that much margin.

The lake should be fine for navigation, just be very careful in the main channel and work your way back into the creeks for less debris to dodge. Stay away from north of the Long Island area to Lookout Shoals.
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Old 06-13-2019, 06:06 PM
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The floods around Mountain Island Lake are incredible. I know there are concerns about e-coli and debris now all along the Catawba Chain.

Anyone on Lake Norman or Lake Wylie have any first hand info on the real situation rather than news reports?
Jackson creek is behind our home on Mt Island. Water was 50 feet past the creek. Boats did lift off the Stone Water neighborhood docks. Docks floated down and some jammed at the Hwy 16 bridge. At least 6 or more went over the spill way. Reports today of boats being found and salvaged. When Norman reduces 1 inch per hour, Mt Island increases one foot per hour. This is not the worst we have seen in 64 years but is worse now because of all the new homes on the lake and Mt Island cannot handle high flow volumes of water when Norman is full. Look Out Sholes above Norman was flooded the same Duke Energy does a good job controlling water flow but when extrem rains come it is harder to manage. Lake life is good. Just not perfect as most would expect.
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Old 06-14-2019, 06:25 AM
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I'm on Mill Creek in Lake Wylie. Incredibly our creek has remained its typical color. The main lake/river is orange as you would expect. There is a ton of debris. Each morning I cross the Buster Boyd Bridge and there has been a consistent "flow" of debris. The past two days have also been huge floating mats of green vegetation. There is a very noticeable flow in the main channel. I wouldn't say the water was higher than I've seen at times in the past. I feel for the people whose property is on the narrow river below the dams. Those properties are where flooding is occurring. I heard that a 1 inch drop of Lake Norman generated a 1.5 foot increase in Mt Island Lake. wow
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Old 06-14-2019, 06:34 AM
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I just looked at the Duke site and it shows all local lakes are back to normal level. Can that be right?
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https://lakes.duke-energy.com/#/lakes

gotta compare the actual to the target. Wylie is 2.3' over target (although I think Duke is trying to have a foot over target so the lake doesn't get too low in a drought). Norman is 1.7' over and Mt Island is 2.7' over target.

Just saw where 100,000 gallons of sewer spilled into Mt Island Lake during the flooding... that sucks! We may boat on Sunday, but we won't be swimming.
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If you click on Mt Island Lake you can see the 7 previous days. on 6/10/19, that lake was at 104.9 almost 5' OVER "full pond" and 8.9' over the target!
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Old 06-14-2019, 11:15 AM
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What I posted above was not someone’s yard but when it got closer I could tell it was a huge mat of floating weeds. It’s wedged in between my two neighbors docks. Big mess. Lake level appears to be about a foot lower than yesterday and real muddy
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Confirmation that boats went over the Mt Island dam
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Towing one one of the weed beds away this am
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Crazy. High Rock this weekend was the highest I've ever seen it in my 32 years of going. I don't think a hydro slide could get under the hwy 8 bridge.

Took a motorcycle ride down below the dam in healing springs....water was coming over the closed gates.



(And opposite those gates at the bottom of 54 ft of water is the supposed 9ft catfish my granddad has told me about)


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Norman and Mt Island are back to normal. We went from a mini drought to a mini flood in a few days. Crazy to some but pretty typical for us lol.
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Originally Posted by NCSUboater View Post
Crazy. High Rock this weekend was the highest I've ever seen it in my 32 years of going. I don't think a hydro slide could get under the hwy 8 bridge.

Took a motorcycle ride down below the dam in healing springs....water was coming over the closed gates.



(And opposite those gates at the bottom of 54 ft of water is the supposed 9ft catfish my granddad has told me about)


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I caught some flatheads this week up river from high rock. There are some monsters in there as well as the river.
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I caught some flatheads this week up river from high rock. There are some monsters in there as well as the river.
Nice. We got skunked this weekend but have landed more than a few monster cats over the years just off the pier.

We are on the Abbott's creek side of the lake (where we are stuck until they lower the water about 6") but used to take the sea doos up the yadkin to Boone's cave about once a year. That's the only bad thing about High Rock...the low bridges, though in the 20s they probably weren't thinking about it...

Both the Yadkin and Abbott's were high and muddy it appeared. Lots of debris in the lake looking for a prop...
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