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9/18/18 The Storm Clears

 
 
 
 

Storm Updates

Lake Level Updates 9/17/18: Late yesterday (9/16/18), Hurricane Florence finally began heading north and picking up speed.  The  flow in the Rocky Broad River peaked and began to recede.  The Town’s Emergency Management Team determined that storage in the lake was no longer needed to safely manage the remaining anticipated storm water flows into the lake and the decision was made to continuing refilling the lake to full pond.  The Town's State of Emergency expired this afternoon, 9/17/18.

  • The staff in the Town’s Public Works Department will be working this week to clean up storm debris and repair any Town property that was damaged by the storm, which appears to be minimal, if any.
  • As of 1pm today (9/17/18), the lake level was at el +988.17, (1 ft-10 in. below full pond).

  • The lake should be back at full pond (el. +990.0) by tomorrow (9/18/18).The lake is now “open” for recreational and commercial use. The Town’s Lake Operations Director toured the lake early this morning and discovered some floating storm debris which in several areas was concentrated into “debris fields. ” The largest debris field is in the eastern channel that connects the beach/marina area to the center basin.

  • Boaters may operate on the lake “at their own risk” and are urged to use caution and operate at slow speeds to avoid striking floating and semi-submerged debris.

  • Debris that does not sink within 48 hours (by Wednesday morning 9/19/18) will be removed thereafter by Lake Operations with assistance from local volunteers working under the Town’s supervision.

  • Lake Tours and the Town Marina will resume operating tomorrow (9/18/18) and the Town Beach should be open for this upcoming weekend (9/22-23/18).
  • The Town’s Emergency Management Team will meet this week to debrief the storm event and identify lessons learned so we can perform even better in the future to prepare for and manage similar storm events.

9/17/18 Lake Level Updates:

The Town’s Emergency Preparedness Team (including consulting engineers) continues to follow weather and rainfall projections, which appear favorable in terms of less rainfall than anticipated.  We have been strategically raising the lake levels while closely monitoring the impact.  The Town’s Lake Operations team has been out on the lake early this morning surveying the situation with boat moorings to determine if there are problems while the lake is being raised to full pond.  The Town’s Lake Operations Director is also surveying the amount and location of any storm debris that has been captured in the lake from the storm.  We will provide an update on any restrictions required until debris can be removed. We will provide an update as soon as it is safe to for recreational use.

9/16/18 Lake Level Update: The Town of lake Lure Emergency Management Team’s assessment of the current storm event is ongoing. Based on weather predictions and consultation with dam engineers, plans are underway to raise the lake from 7 feet below full pond to 5 feet below full pond on 9/16/18. This conservative elevation will allow power generation, which provides a safety buffer until the storm is nearing conclusion. Updates will be provided as new information becomes available.

9/16/18 Emergency Preparedness Update:

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·  The Town of Lake Lure Emergency Preparedness Team remains in the Command Center (Lake Lure Fire Department), as needed throughout the weekend.

·  The Town has consulted engineers who are on site during the current storm event to advise leadership on lake levels and dam operations. Any significant updates will be provided here as soon as possible.

·  Updates regarding any road closures that may occur will be posted on this site with maps showing alternate routes.

·   Please see information from the NC Department of Public Safety on questions related to the National Flood Insurance Program, if needed.

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9/14/18 Emergency Preparedness Update:

·  The Town of Lake Lure Emergency Preparedness Team will be in the Command Center (Lake Lure Fire Department), as needed throughout the weekend.

·   The Town continues to consult engineers to monitor lake level and dam operations closely.  Any significant updates will be provided as soon as possible.

·   Updates regarding any road closures that may occur will be posted on this site with maps showing alternate routes.

·   Please be prepared and review the following link for the Ready NC Emergency Kit: https://readync.org/EN/Plan_GetAKit.html

·    If you need or an Emergency Shelter, please call or go to the closest Fire Station and they will direct you to the best location based on your needs.

1.    Lake Lure Fire Department (622 Memorial Hwy. Lake Lure, NC) (828) 625-9333

2.    Bat Cave Fire Department (267 Gerton Hwy, Bat Cave, NC 28710) (828) 625-9383

3.    Bills Creek Fire Department ( 1118 Bills Creek Rd. Lake Lure, NC) (828) 625-9626

4.    Chimney Rock Fire Department (109 Terrace Dr. Chimney Rock, NC) (828) 625-2021)

5.    Edneyville Volunteer Fire Department (1 Firehouse Rd, Hendersonville, NC 28792) (828) 685-7311

6.    Fairfield Mountains Fire Department (1415 Buffalo Creek Rd. Lake Lure, NC) (828) 625-2488

7.    Green Hill Fire Department (2711 US 64/74A Hwy. Rutherfordton, NC) (828) 287-8911)

8.    Shingle Hollow Fire Department (2626 Cove Rd. Rutherfordton, NC) (828) 287-4732

9.    Sunny View Fire Department (5865 NC-9, Mill Spring, NC 28756)  (828) 625-9973

·         If you need Emergency Services, CALL 911

9/13/18 Lake Level Updates: The Town is holding the lake levels where they are this morning, (9/13/18 at 9:30 am). The current level is 982.94 mean sea level (MSL). Level measurements are reported in feet and reference mean sea level (MSL).  The Lake is closed for recreational use today.   The Town’s Emergency Preparedness Team will continue to consult with Dr. Dan Marks, P.E. today regarding the latest forecast and next steps. 

Please stay tuned here for daily updates.

9/12/18 Storm Updates: The Town of Lake Lure has enacted a State of Emergency in response to incoming storms.  The Town’s Emergency Preparedness Team, including leading dam expert Dr. Dan Marks, is meeting regularly and closely following State and County emergency preparedness guidance.  Proactive steps continue and lake levels are being adjusted to minimize the risk of potential flooding downstream.  Flood gates are now being opened more each day and are being closely monitored.  Please secure your personal property and make preparations for this variation in lake level changes and review the Town of Lake Lure Websiteand Facebook Page for daily updates.

9/11/18 Storm Updates: The Town of Lake Lure continues to take proactive steps in preparation for upcoming storms.  The Town’s Emergency Preparedness Team has been activated and is meeting regularly to closely monitor weather and emergency preparedness alerts.  The Town has consulted Dr. Dan B. Marks to serve as an advisor to the Town and the Emergency Preparedness Team.  Dr. Marks is a leading dam safety expert and has been consulted based on his expertise and knowledge of the Lake Lure Dam. 

The Town is responding in advance to prevent any potential flooding downstream.  Lake levels are being lowered at a rate of two feet/day beginning 9/11/18, based on the potential rain volume that is predicted.  Emergency Preparedness Team members are closely monitoring lake levels and any related impacts. 

9/10/18 Storm Updates:  This is a notification from the Town of Lake Lure to keep you informed about weather related to the hurricane and the proactive steps that the Town is taking. Due to the unpredictability of these upcoming storm events and the intensity and volume of rain we expect to receive over the next few days, we began lowering lake levels by one foot per day beginning today, 9/10/18.  We are monitoring rain levels and will make ongoing adjustments to the lake levels, as needed.   Please secure your personal property and make preparations for this variation in lake level changes.