Catawba County Board of Commissioners declared a State of Emergency in Catawba County Sunday due to excessive rainfall in the county that began Friday and expected to continue for several more days, according to a press release from the county.

The excessive rainfall has resulted in numerous water rescues, severe flooding, infrastructure damage, hazardous travel conditions and to potential for widespread power outages for residents in the county, the press release said.

A State of Emergency enables Catawba County Emergency Services to implement coordinated response and recovery efforts in all affected unincorporated areas of the county in alignment, according to the release.

The Catawba County Parks Systems has closed Bakers Mountain Park, Riverbend Park and St. Stephens Park due to storm-related conditions until further notice.

A temporary shelter is set up at the Tarlton Complex at Catawba Valley Community College  in response to flooding at Ridgecrest Apartments located at 12th Ave SE in Hickory.

The Tarlton Complex is located at 2550 US Hwy 70 SE in Hickory.

The shelter is open for residents and their pets who have been relocated due to the storm, the press release from the county said.

The shelter is staffed by county personnel and American Red Cross volunteers. Cots, blankets, restrooms, showers, food and a mobile pet shelter are available at the shelter.

Residents seeking shelter at the Tarlton Complex are advised to bring medications, personal care items, a change of clothes, pet vaccination records and pet supplies including food, food if residents have special food needs and a pillow and blanket if residents prefer their own, the release said.

For more information on the shelter, call (828) 466-7213.

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