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Breaking News County under flood warning

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By Jenny Hartley

Lancaster County was under a flood warning Thursday afternoon.

The warning was issued by the National Weather Service for the Catawba-Wateree River and Lake Wateree, effective from Thursday evening to Sunday morning.

Moderate flooding was forecast, with the river rising above flood stage Thursday night and continuing to rise Friday.

"That's simply because the water is flowing downstream, and Lake Wateree is the last lake in our chain," said Duke Energy spokesman Rick Jiran.

The river was expected to fall below flood stage Saturday. Duke Energy has opened flood gates along the Catawba River to keep the water moving downstream.

Residents are urged to follow weather reports from the National Weather Service for information about flood warnings.

"First and foremost, they need to listen to their Emergency Management officials," Jiran said.

Duke Energy also reminds boaters to be aware of floating debris.