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Weather Service issues flood warning

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By The Staff

The National Weather Service in Columbia has issued a flood warning for portions of Lancaster County along the Catawba River until late Sunday, May 12, or until the warning is canceled.

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According to the weather service, at 10 a.m. Thursday, May 9, the flood stage of Lake Wateree was at 101.9 feet.

Flood stage is the level at which a river, stream, ocean or other body of water has risen to cause sufficient inundation of areas not normally covered by water that threatens or causes inconveniences to life and property.

The flood stage of Lake Wateree is 100 feet. It was forecast the river would climb to about 102 feet sometime Thursday afternoon.

Minor flooding is occurring in some areas along the river and moderate flooding is expected, the weather service said.

Riversweep canceled  

The 2013 Catawba Riverkeeper Foundation Cane Creek Riversweep, originally scheduled for Saturday, May 11, has been canceled at Lancaster County Emergency Response’s request, due to hazardous, unsafe river conditions. 

Additionally, Lancaster County Emergency Response is requesting that all Catawba River recreational users stay off the river through Wednesday, May 15.

 The gates at Nitrolee Dam along the Catawba River on Great Falls Highway at the Tom Mangum Bridge flooded May 8.