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Lake Norman’s waters to be lower than normal through mid April

Beachgoers enjoy the waters of Lake Norman at its usual level last year.
Beachgoers enjoy the waters of Lake Norman at its usual level last year. jsimmons@charlotteobserver.com

People who live around Lake Norman are being warned that the water will be lower than is customary through mid April.

Duke Energy, which sent out an updated notice on April 6, said the drop is due to planned maintenance work at the McGuire Nuclear Station on Lake Norman. The work requires the water elevation not to exceed 96.5 feet, officials said.

“Once maintenance activities are complete, and due to recent rainfall to the basin, we expect to move closer to the target lake elevation for April, weather permitting,” said Duke Energy in a statement.

The projections can change based on rainfall and changes to the drought stage, Duke Energy said. Lake Norman is only marginally below the target elevation for this time of year. Recent rainfall has increased overall water supply in the Catawba-Wateree river basin, officials said.

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