Duke Energy works to minimize high water impacts in the lower Catawba-Wateree

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LANCASTER, S.C. - Charlotte and the region has experienced locally heavy rainfall and there are high flows coming into Lake Wylie from the South Fork River. Duke Energy is effectively moving water downstream to create storage space for additional rainfall, and is working to manage lake levels to minimize any downstream impacts. Based on the rain and runoff currently on the ground, Duke Energy expects Lake Wateree to go above full pond sometime tomorrow. People living along lakes, streams and other low-lying and flood-prone areas should be alert to rising water levels and take any necessary precautions.

The public can check real-time lake levels and special updates 24 hours a day at http://www.duke-energy.com/lakes/levels.asp and on Duke Energy'’s lake information phone line at 800-829-5253.

High water requires increased safety awareness

  • Dams and spillways can be beautiful to look at, but the water immediately above and immediately beneath them is treacherous. Duke Energy reminds the public to heed warning signs posted near dangerous areas and avoid boating and swimming in these areas. Unusual swirling currents can pull boats and people toward the dam and under the water.
  • People should watch for strong currents, wear life jackets and stay alert to changing weather conditions.
  • High water can sweep heavy debris into the lakes and boaters should slow down and stay alert for partially submerged objects. Boat wakes can contribute to shoreline erosion and property damage.

About Duke Energy Carolinas

Duke Energy Carolinas owns nuclear, coal-fired, natural gas and hydroelectric generation. That diverse fuel mix provides approximately 20,000 megawatts of owned electric capacity to approximately 2.4 million customers in a 24,000-square-mile service area of North Carolina and South Carolina.

Headquartered in Charlotte, N.C., Duke Energy is a Fortune 250 company traded on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol DUK. More information about the company is available at: www.duke-energy.com.