LENOIR COUNTY - Caldwell County is planning to build a flash-flood warning system for an area with a history of deadly flooding.
The Lenoir News-Topic reported that the county Office of Emergency Management plans to use a federal grant of almost $120,000 to install 45-foot-tall sirens at five sites in the Wilson Creek Wilderness Area. Those sites are: the visitor center, Brown Mountain Beach, Edgemont and a couple of campgrounds.
The sirens will blare at about 125 decibels, comparable to tornado alert systems. Dispatchers will activate the sirens only when the National Weather Service issues storm warnings.
Water levels in the nearly 25-mile creek can rise from depth of 1.5 feet to 12 feet in less than four minutes.
Assistant emergency management coordinator Kenneth Teague says flooding is constant at Wilson Creek.
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