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12/30/2015 4:21:00 PM
Rain Causes Flash Flood Warnings
Water rapidly flowing over the dam behind Laboratory Mill around 1:30 p.m. this afternoon, December 30.
Water rapidly flowing over the dam behind Laboratory Mill around 1:30 p.m. this afternoon, December 30.
Looking at the backside of Laboratory Mill it doesn't look like the water has risen much yet.(Lincoln Herald Staff Photos by Janet Reep Morgan)
Looking at the backside of Laboratory Mill it doesn't look like the water has risen much yet.

(Lincoln Herald Staff Photos by Janet Reep Morgan)
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Janet Reep Morgan
Lincoln Herald Columnist


LINCOLNTON, N.C. - With another day of rain closing out the year, many of us received flash flood warnings via text messages on our phones today. 

An hour after the last text alert, around 1:30 p.m., I visited the Laboratory Mill site on Southfork Road in order to see the current height of the South Fork River. 

As water rushed over dam, the sound was much louder than I expected.  Yet folks at the Laboratory Mill stated that the river appeared only a few inches higher than the last heavy rain (at this point). 

Carefully walking out to the edge of the river, I snapped a few pictures and stood in amazement at the amount of muddy brownish-red waters as tree limbs washed over the dam and downstream.

My many years of emergency preparedness with the American Red Cross has popped in and reminds me to tell our readers to be careful when driving about in Lincoln County.

With all the heavy rain we are receiving pay close attention to water over the roadways. Only a few inches of water  that is rapidly flowing can carry away your vehicle.  Remember the phrase “Turn Around, Don’t Drown” and be safe!




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