Flooding in Catawba Valley

David Deal of Hudson prepares to tie off a boat dock on Lake Rhodhiss Sunday afternoon.

Before noon on Wednesday, Catawba County had received 360 reports of damage from recent rainstorms, Catawba County Communications and Marketing Director Amy McCauley said.

The county will have teams going throughout the county evaluating damage until the end of this week. Friday is the deadline for people to report damage to the county.

Residents wishing to report damage may do so online, at  www.catawbacountync.gov/webapps/ccdap/index.asp  , or by calling 828-466-7213 between the hours of 8 a.m. and 5 p.m.

Residents from all over the county, including those living in unincorporated areas, can make damage reports to the county, McCauley said.

Riverbend Park to reopen

According to McCauley, Catawba County’s Riverbend Park will reopen Thursday and will follow its normal operating schedule. Park amenities, such as the lower riverfront parking lot, lower section of the dog park and portions of the river trail, will remain closed until all flood damage can be repaired.

Park visitors are advised to use caution and be mindful of storm-related cleanup throughout the park.

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Kevin Griffin is the City of Hickory reporter at the Hickory Daily Record.

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