North Carolina Lakes Several Feet Below Normal

Lakes in the western part of North Carolina remain several feet below normal because of the drought.

Lake Hickory is down four feet. Lake Norman is five feet below normal. Lake Rhodhiss is about four feet below normal and Lake James is nearly eight feet below normal.

Duke Energy has reduced its use of hydroelectric dams to help conserve water. The dams help supply power during peak usage.

The Charlotte utility this week also declared Stage Two drought conditions. That means mandatory water restrictions for municipalities taking water from the Catawba River basin.

Marilyn Lineberger is a spokeswoman for Duke Energy. Lineberger says Duke doesn't think water levels will get too low to run the plants because conservation of water and energy makes a difference.