The Catawba River Greenway, Catawba Meadows Park, and Bethel Park in Morganton are officially closed and will remain closed until flood waters recede.
Residents living in lowlands and near streams and rivers should keep an eye on their surroundings and be prepared to take action if flooding occurs. As always, if residents have an emergency, they should call 911.
Should flooding occur, do not try to walk through flood waters. It only takes six inches of moving water to knock you off your feet. If you are trapped by moving water, move to the highest possible point and call 911 for help. Also, do not drive into flooded roadways or around a barricade; Turn Around, Don't Drown!
Flood water may be deeper than it appears and can hide many hazards such as sharp objects, washed out road surfaces, electrical wires, chemicals, and more. A vehicle caught in swiftly moving water can be swept away in a matter of seconds. Twelve inches of water can float a car or small SUV and 18 inches of water can carry away large vehicles.
Residents should call 828-438-5277 to report any power outages. For water or sewer problems, call 828-438-5276. For CoMPAS outages, call 828-438-5353. To report any other safety issues or hazards, call 437-1911.
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