High waters up and down the Catawba River has closed at least two river access points in Rock Hill. Riverwalk and River Park are both closed until further notice after flooding has overtaken boat and canoe launches on the riverside.
Duke Energy spokeswoman Paige Sheehan says the company’s hydroelectric division is managing water along the Catawba like a chess game.:
Duke operates 13 hydroelectric dams up and down the 225-mile Catawba River. Since May 1, those reservoirs have received rainfall equivalent to four times the size of Mountain Island Lake:
Lake Wylie, Cedar Creek and Fishing Creek are close to full pond levels while Lake Wateree towards the midlands went above full pond on Wednesday.
Duke officials say it may take several weeks for lake and river levels to return to normal.