Heavy rainfall resulted in a trio of wastewater discharges in Hickory Saturday (August 15) and also led to a declaration of a State of Emergency in Catawba County.
The City of Hickory had a discharge of untreated wastewater of an estimated 113,000 gallons at 2061 Snow Creek Road into Snow Creek. The city also had a discharge of an estimated 60,000 gallons at 310 Cloninger Mill Road into Falling Creek. The third discharge was an estimated 1,200 gallons at 1199 16th Street SE into Clarks Creek.
These discharges were the result of infrastructure damage due to heavy rain and flooding in the area. City officials say that the water remains safe following these overflows.
Catawba County Board of Commissioners Chair Randy Isenhower declared a State of Emergency in Catawba County Saturday morning, due to excessive rainfall in the county. The rain has resulted in severe flooding, infrastructure damage, hazardous travel conditions and the potential for widespread power outages for residents in the County.
The declaration enables Catawba County Emergency Services to implement coordinated response and recovery efforts in all affected unincorporated areas of the county in alignment with the Catawba County Emergency Operations Plan and in collaboration with emergency response partners.