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Heavy rains, floods cause major damage



Jaclyn Anthony / Special to LTN Emergency crews inspect damage on Reeps Grove Church Road in Vale on Saturday that resulted from storms and heavy rain over the weekend.


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Flood waters overtook numerous roadways throughout the region Saturday as the area continued to witness a season of record downpours.

Lincoln County suffered unprecedented weather damage. In addition, Catawba County officials have declared multiple areas north of Lincoln a state of emergency.

According to a press release from Denver Fire Department’s Public Information Officer Dion Burleson, weekend weather proved particularly brutal in portions of western Lincoln County.

Water rescue teams responded to the area for potential emergency situations, however, no injuries occurred from severe flooding, the release said.

Reports of downed trees, washed out bridges and streets along with missing animals have kept first-responders busy.

As a result, officials with the North Carolina Department of Transportation responded to the western end to evaluate the area’s war-like devastation.

The American Red Cross opened shelter sites at Lincolnton High School and Newton Recreation Center in Catawba County both Saturday and Sunday for any area residents needing housing or assistance from the storm.

While no individuals showed up at the Lincoln County site on Saturday, three adults were at the school following a 4 a.m. reopening on Sunday, the Red Cross said.

The following roads have been shut down across Lincoln County:

  • Hoover Road
  • Macedonia Church Road
  • Palm Tree Road
  • Burgin Smith Road
  • Beam Lumber Road
  • Zur Leonard Road
  • Hallman Mill Road
  • Reeps Grove Church Road
  • Dan Rhyne Road
  • Tallent Road
  • Bill Sain Road
  • Howards Creek Mill Road
  • Johnston Road
  • Maiden Salem Road
  • Palm Tree Heights


In addition, the Red Cross Volunteer Disaster Action Team (DAT) is currently surveying and assessing damage along N.C. 27 and Reespville Road on the county’s western end.

Emergency Services and county rescue crews have plans in place for responding to crisis situations that may occur in areas on or near closed roadways, the release said.

County officials also urged residents to keep off roadways where waters have receded due to the potential for collapse.

To stay updated on road closures and reopenings, visit ncdot.com.


Image courtesy of KaAnSuli | Lincoln Times-News

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