Lake Updates 10/18/18

On the morning of 10/12/18 at 9:15 am the Lake level was 989.5 mean sea level (MSL), just below the average MSL of 990.  Record amounts of water flowed into Lake Lure from the Rocky Broad River on 10/11/18, as a result of Hurricane Michael. See the Dredge in distress below and then after being recovered.


  • A top priority of the Town is to keep lives safe and property protected.

  • In preparation for the impact of this storm, the Town executed an Emergency Preparedness Plan. 

  • The Plan was reviewed and adjusted by the Town Council on 10/9/18 and the Lake was proactively lowered one foot below full pond 10/9/18. 

  • Lake Levels and Dam Operations were reviewed with consulting engineers on 10/10/18 and the State Dam Safety Office. Both affirmed the Emergency Preparedness Plan.

  • Notifications were posted each day on the Town’s Facebook and Website and local churches were notified of this plan to help communicate updates with those not using social media in our community. 

At no time did the Town release more water than the Lake received during this storm.  Safety remains the top priority for the Town and we will continue to provide updates as new information becomes available.


10/12/18 Lake Updates: The Town’s Lake Operations Director has assessed the status of the Lake following the impact of Hurricane Michael.  He has reviewed the findings with the Town’s Emergency Preparedness Team. 

  • Heavy debris is found throughout most channels of the Lake as illustrated below with the log in the lake.

  • Cleanup will begin as soon as possible, however, use of the Lake is at your own risk throughout the weekend and during clean-up activity.

  • As always, please proceed with extreme caution.


The Town has acquired a new boom to assist with debris removal and updates on the status of the cleanup will be provided as soon as new information becomes available.   

Monthly Town Council Meetings are open to the public and are held on the second Tuesday of each month at 5:00 pm in the Lake Lure Municipal Hall. The next meeting is scheduled for November 13, 2018.

10/11/18 Emergency Preparedness Plan Updates: The Town of Lake Lure’s Emergency Preparedness Plan has been activated and a State of Emergency was declared.  The Town sent out two Code Red Alerts early this morning due to increased rain and potential flash floods in the area.  The Town’s Flood Sirens were also sounded early this morning. 

·  The Rocky Broad River level is currently at 9.44 feet.

·  The Lake Lure Flood Gates have been opened to 24.5 feet to accommodate the increased rain.  

·  The Power is off in areas throughout the region.

·  There has been a Mandatory Evacuation for the Hickory Nut Falls Campground this morning.

The Lake Lure Emergency Preparedness Team is closely monitoring lake levels, dam operations, power outages and road closures.  Consulting engineers are providing ongoing guidance regarding dam operations.

10/11/18 Roadway Updates: We have learned that Old Fort Road is temporarily closed at the 2200 block, due to mud slides. This block is near the @Stone Mountain Baptist Church.

We are pleased to report that Highway 9 is still in service.

10/10/18 Emergency Preparedness Update: The Lake Lure Town Council reviewed the Town’s Emergency Preparedness Plan for Hurricane Michael on Tuesday evening, 10/9/18. The Town Council approved a plan to lower the Lake by one foot below full pond overnight on 10/9/18. The Lake Lure Dam Operations Team immediately put this plan into action and the Lake was lowered in preparation for the rain forecast in association with Hurricane Michael. One important purpose of lowering the Lake in advance of the storm is to prevent flooding downstream as the rain accumulates. The Mayor and Interim Town Manager are meeting with consulting engineers today (10/10/18), to obtain further guidance on next steps based on the latest rain forecast. Updates will be posted as new information becomes available.