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May 7, 2013



Catawba County Board of Commissioners Chair Katherine W. Barnes declared a State of Emergency for Catawba County late on the afternoon of Monday, May 6, 2013, in response to serious flooding in several areas of the county.

The declaration does not impose any restrictions, but does allow the opening of the process for requesting assistance from the State of North Carolina in dealing with this disaster and authorizes Catawba County Emergency Management to execute the county emergency operations plan.

Catawba County experienced flooding that damaged more than 35 homes in the northern and eastern parts of the county. Extensive rain at the headwaters of the Catawba River caused the river and lakes to rise rapidly on the morning of May 6, 2013. It is anticipated that water will recede slowly over the next several days.

Catawba County Emergency Management will have teams in the flooded areas to assist affected citizens, provide information and perform damage assessment at affected homes.

Citizens may call Catawba County Emergency Management at 828-465-8230 to report flooded homes and have them added to the list for assessment.

The County is encouraging all residents to register for the Community Alert System to receive important messages during and after emergencies such as this flooding. Catawba County will be using the system as recovery progresses to provide information to affected homeowners in the next few days.

To register for the Community Alert System, go to or call 828-465-8230 8 to 5 Monday through Friday.