UPDATE: The Flood Warning was been extended to 3:45 p.m. Monday.
A Flood Warning has been extended for Burke and surrounding counties until 4:15 p.m. Sunday.
The National Weather Service in Greenville-Spartanburg has issued the warning for Burke, Catawba, McDowell, Caldwell, Alexander, Lincoln and Avery counties.
At 10:30 a.m., Doppler radar indicated that heavy rainfall has ended for the time being, however, numerous showers are developing across the area, producing additional scattered light to moderate rainfall. While these showers are not intense enough to create new flooding at this time, they will help to maintain elevated runoff and stream levels and prevent conditions from significantly improving into the early afternoon, the NWS said.
Catawba County Emergency Management indicated that some roads are still flooded in the western part of the county, mostly along N.C. 10, leading the previous Flood Warnings to be merged into a larger Flood Warning encompassing the areas hardest hit by heavy rain and flooding over the past two days, the NWS said.
Catawba and Alexander County officials report several roads still closed due to floodwaters. Road closures are especially concentrated in the St. Stephens and Bethlehem communities. Flooding is also impacting areas of Morganton, including the Catawba River Greenway and may threaten homes and businesses along the Catawba River around and downstream of Morganton, the NWS said. Road closures are likely to persist for the next several hours as it will take many hours if not days for floodwaters to fully recede.
Drivers are urged to stay off flooded roadways and obey all barricades and evacuation orders.
Additional heavy rain may develop later this morning into the afternoon. Given the soil saturation across the Unifour area, any additional heavy rain will cause new flooding to develop. Residents are asked to stay weather aware today and be prepared to seek higher ground should new Flash Flood Warnings be necessary, the NWS said.
Johns River near Corpening Bridge Road is at 15.50 feet and is nearing crest, however, extensive flooding of low-lying areas is ongoing, including the US 64/NC 18 Johns River Boat Access Area and lowest elevations of Johns River Loop Road.
Lower Creek near Mulberry Street in Lenoir is at 10.58 feet and is falling steadily. Conditions in the adjacent Mulberry Recreational Center fields will continue to slowly improve over the next few hours as long as new heavy rain doesn` materialize, the NWS said.
Some locations that may continue to experience flooding include Hickory, Lenoir, Morganton, Newton, Taylorsville, St. Stephens, Conover, Longview, Sawmills and Granite Falls.
Several roads in Morganton were closed Saturday night due to flooding or downed trees, according to Morganton Department of Public Safety Facebook page. Roads include Bost Road near Lost Corners Road; Tucker Lane off N Green St.; and Sanford Drive at Tate Street (1 lane open). Several parks also have been closed including Bethel Park; Greenway Access on Lenoir Road; Greenway access on Carbon City Road; and River Village (Sanford Drive).
Residents are asked to obey all barricades, even if water is not currently over the road, the NWS said. Drivers are reminded not to drive through water covering roads and remember to "turn around, don't drown."
Only when it is safe to do so, report floodwaters or landslides flowing over roads or threatening property to the National Weather Service by calling toll-free, 1-800-267-8101, by posting on our Facebook page, or via Twitter using hashtag NWSGSP.