A state of emergency has been declared in Catawba County because of serious flooding in several areas. Most of the flooding is along the Catawba River, including Lookout Shoals Lake and specifically the Carpenter's Cove area.
"It could go either direction," Emergency Management Coordinator Karyn Yaussy said. "Things could really stabilize or they could get worse."
For people in Carpenter's Cove, water is already creeping toward their doors. They've already watched the lake swallow up their yards. They can fish where their docks once were.
Channel 9 has been tracking heavy rain in the mountains, leading to flooding, all week.
Friday night, the floodwater is flowing down the Catawba River into Claremont and eventually all the way downstream to Mecklenburg County.
Duke Energy controls the water levels through a system of dams. Friday night, neighbors are hoping Duke doesn't let more water come their way.
"Holding it steady, maintaining where it is right now," Patty Ervin said. "It's been this way for a couple hours. If they don't open another gate, I think we'll be OK."
But they're still preparing -- many people along Ridge Street have moved the furniture out of their homes.
"We cleaned these out yesterday," Terry Edwards said pointing to his neighbors' homes. "This is my neighbors. This is my family. This is my life."
To make matters worse, neighbors told Channel 9 they just finished cleaning up from the last time this happened, in May.