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Red Cross opens emergency shelter due to Catawba River flooding

Tuesday, May 7, 2013

Contact: Charlotte-Mecklenburg Joint Information Center

Flooding of the Catawba River in the Riverside neighborhood has prompted the American Red Cross to open a shelter for residents whose homes and property have been affected. The shelter is located at Cook’s Memorial Presbyterian Church, 3413 Mount Holly-Huntersville Road. Remember to bring any medications and mobility aids to the shelter. Charlotte-Mecklenburg Animal Care and Control is providing accommodations for pets of residents who have evacuated their homes due to the flooding. Residents are encouraged to stay with friends and family and use the Red Cross shelter as a secondary option.

So far, 92 homes have been directly impacted by the flood waters. The public is asked to stay off the Catawba River due to multiple hazards including household items, debris, fluids from flooded vehicles, and swift water current. Duke Energy, Charlotte Fire Department and Charlotte-Mecklenburg Emergency Management continue to monitor lake and river levels and are instituting flood control measures.

A town hall meeting will be held at 6:30 p.m. tonight at Cook’s Memorial Presbyterian Church to share the latest information on the flooding.  Representatives from Charlotte Fire, Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department (CMPD), American Red Cross, Duke Energy and Medic will be on hand with the latest flood information.