Heavy rains this week up and down the Catawba River basin have led to local officials in Rock Hill to close two riverside parks until further notice.
Duke Energy is again urging caution as higher than normal water makes its way though the Catawba River Basin. Duke officials say some streams are flowing at 50 to 100 times their total volume of water along the Catawba and Wateree Rivers.
City of Rock Hill Parks and Recreation Operations Supervisor John Taylor says Hometown Security officials first learned of additional water being let out of Lake Wylie late Tuesday.
Additional floodgates have been opened at the 13 hydroelectric power stations along the rivers.
The closure in Rock Hill includes River Park and several attractions at the River Walk off U.S. 21, including the Canoe/Kayak Launch and the Piedmont Medical Center trail.
Taylor says this is the first time River Walk has been closed due to high water. He could not estimate how high the water could rise, but anticipated at least some erosion at the facility that snakes along the Catawba River.
Duke Energy offered these tips on ways to stay safe in high water conditions: