UPDATED: Mayor declares state of emergency

UPDATE 4 (7/29): City of Newton water customers are not under a boil advisory. However, anyone served by a private water company should contact their provider regarding any advisories.

UPDATE 3 (7/28): City crews will be picking up storm debris from the curb. If you have further questions, contact Public Works at 695-4310. All utilities and services should be restored as of this time. If you are still experiencing a utility outage, please contact the Police Department at 465-7430 or Public Works during business hours at 695-4310.

NC Highway 10 at Long Drive is closed to traffic indefinitely as the N.C. Department of Transportation makes repairs to the bridge above Clarks Creek.

If you have property damage to report to Catawba County Emergency Management due to the weather on July 27, 2013, you may fill out the form found here.

UPDATE 2 (3:30 p.m.): All electric circuits are now up and power has been restored to most areas. Repairs are ongoing.

UPDATE: City of Newton Mayor Anne P. Stedman at 12:45 p.m. Saturday issued a proclamation declaring a state of emergency for the entire area of the City of Newton. This state of emergency exists because of multiple flash flooding events throughout Newton resulting in the displacement of citizens from their homes and due to multiple swift water rescue events.

NEWTON, NC (July 27, 2013) – City of Newton officials are monitoring the weather after heavy rains in the area Saturday morning resulted in flooding and damage to City utilities.

Two electric circuits are out of service due to flooding at an electric delivery station. The City will not be able to restore power until the water recedes. Conditions at the station are being monitored closely. Two water lines – 12-inches and 6-inches – have broken and are submerged under storm water. City crews cannot repair the water lines until the water recedes.

Additionally, a City sewer pump station on Burris Road has flooded. An influent pump at the Wastewater Treatment Plant is out of service due to flooding.

The following roads, at some point Saturday morning, have been flooded or impassable: Settlemyer Bridge Road, Radio Station Road, a portion of NC 10 West, East 20th Street, Northwest Boulevard and Kensington Circle.

As of noon, there have been two swift water rescues with the City of Newton. Two people were rescued on Old Conover Startown Road. A motorist was swept off the roadway, and a second motorist was swept away in an attempt to save the first. Both were rescued and transported to the hospital. The second incident involved rescuing a family from a flooded residence on McKay Road.

“We are monitoring the flooding, and we’ll continue to make every attempt to keep the public informed of what is happening,” City Manager Todd Clark said. The City will make utility repairs as quickly as possible when safety conditions improve.

The American Red Cross is setting up an emergency shelter at the Newton Recreation Center, 23 S. Brady Ave. Catawba County Emergency Operations Center, which serves as a multi-agency coordination location for emergency operations and incident management, has been activated. City officials are in close communication with the EOC. In an effort to keep residents informed, the City made two reverse 911 calls Saturday morning.