CATAWBA COUNTY, N.C.- The Catawba County Board of Commissioners has declared a State of Emergency in the county after days of heavy rainfall in the area and in anticipation of more over the next several days.
Officials said the excessive rainfall has led to "numerous water rescues, severe flooding, infrastruture damage, hazardous travel conditions, and the potential for widespread power outages." In addition, a Catawba County apartment complex has been evacuated due to localized flooding.
Catawba County leaders said the State of Emergency declaration will allow emergency responders to coordinate response and recovery efforts in all affected areas of the county.
Catawba County Schools announced it will close all schools to students on Monday. It will be an optional teacher workday.
The district reports that some schools have standing water inside and also cites multiple road closures as the reason for closing schools.
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