CHATHAM COUNTY, N.C. (WNCN) — Many boat ramps and campsites at Jordan Lake could be closed until the end of March due to significant flooding.
According to North Carolina State Parks, the flooding is from heavy rains and water levels continue to rise, causing severe flooding in their campgrounds.
In an alert posted on the state park’s website, officials are anticipating “significant” maintenance challenges at campsites, beaches, trails, boat ramps and some picnic areas following the flooding events.
The flood level is 14.15 feet above the full pool of 216.00. According to lake levels, the water level is 230.14 as of 4 a.m. on Thursday. The water level hasn’t reached this high since 2019.
Ebenezer Church, New Hope Overlook, Robeson Creek boat ramps, and canoe access are closed. The entire area of Seaforth is closed due to water over the roads and boat ramps.
An NC State Parks official called the flooding “some of the worst we’ve seen in a few years” and said the last time they had to close multiple campsites because of flooding was back in 2019.
Officials said with the flood levels where they are it’s simply too dangerous to allow people into certain areas. Many of the campsites are located right on the water so it’s no longer safe or the campsites are actually underwater now.
It takes a week or more for the water to fully recede and with rain on the way Friday and this weekend, it’s likely that water levels will continue to rise, officials said.
Once the water finally recedes, park crews will then have to clean up the damage and repair the campsites.
NC State Parks said it hopes to reopen these areas by the end of March but will open sooner if possible. You can follow here for the latest lake closures.
The North Carolina Department of Transportation and the Durham County Sheriff’s Office confirmed to CBS 17 that Stagecoach Road at Farrington Road and Stagecoach Road at N.C. Highway 751 is closed due to the flooding.
CBS 17 is expecting more rain to move into the area Friday and this weekend. Make sure you never drive through floodwaters. Turn around, don’t drown.