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 Heavy rains hampered the region throughout the weekend. The impact can be seen at Lookout Shoals Dam.

Over the past few days, Iredell County and the surrounding area has experienced a high volume of rainfall, which has caused some local flooding and damage.

“Once again, we were very lucky that Iredell didn’t receive the amount of rainfall that was forecast,” Director of Fire Services and Emergency Management Kent Greene said. “Based on readings from the airport, it appears that we received just under three inches rather than the five to six we were forecast to receive.”

The only area of damage in the county was on Parkertown Road, south of Troutman, which the NCDOT repaired Monday, Greene stated.

“Hopefully, we won’t receive substantial additional rainfall tonight but, if we do, the public needs to heed warnings and stay away from flooded roadways and other areas where they could be swept away,” Greene said.

An area with the potential to cause flooding is around Lookout Shoals Dam, where Iredell meets Catawba County.

The Catawba River Basin is experiencing significant inflows from the recent rainfall, Duke Energy stated on its website June 10.

The Hickory area received more than 11 inches of rainfall causing local flooding to the area.

Duke Energy is currently working to aggressively move water through the river system.

Lookout Shoals Lake is spilling, Duke Energy stated; the lake level crested at 108.2 feet and is declining.

As of Monday afternoon, Lookout Shoals lake level was at 103.4 feet, with a target goal of 97 feet.

The acceptable maximum of the lake is 100 feet.

“As always, we encourage those living along lakes, streams and other low-lying and flood-prone areas to pay special attention to changing weather conditions and take any necessary precautions,” Duke Energy said.

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