City of Hickory declares official state of emergency

City of Hickory declares official state of emergency

The City of Hickory declared an official state of emergency on Sunday, June 9, in response to flooding and flash flooding, which has resulted in significant infrastructure damage to streets, bridges, and other public infrastructure, as well as citizens being displaced from their homes.

The emergency declaration activates the Hickory Emergency Operations Plan for all departments.  The declaration also authorizes the City to apply for financial assistance, if needed, through state or federal agencies.

“As we continue to monitor the weather over the next few days, we want citizens to know that City leaders and employees are proactively taking steps to ensure the health, safety, and welfare of the community,” said Mayor Hank Guess. 

The City of Hickory plans to keep citizens informed via media releases, website updates, and social media platforms. Be sure to follow the City of Hickory on Facebook at and on Twitter at @CityofHickory.  To receive important storm information and local emergency notifications, please sign up for CodeRED emergency notification alerts under the “How Do I” navigation tab at


State of Emergency Terminated [6/11/19 - 12 p.m.]
Mayor Hank Guess terminated the state of emergency declared for the City of Hickory in response to the recent flooding event, effective 12:00 p.m. Tuesday, June 11.

City Parks Reopen [6/10/19 - 5:45 p.m.]
All City of Hickory parks have been reopened, with the exception of Henry Fork River Regional Recreation Park.  The following park amenities remain closed until further notice:

  • The lower parking lot of Glenn C. Hilton, Jr. Memorial Park is closed until mud and debris can be removed. 
  • The boardwalk at Glenn C. Hilton, Jr. Memorial Park is also closed.
  • The Winkler Park hiking trail is closed for bridge repair.

 Park visitors are asked to use caution around the playgrounds.  Crews are in the process of replacing washed out ground cover in those areas and removing fallen trees from Fairbrook Optimist Dog Park and Cliff Teague Park.

Catawba County Road Closures [6/10/19 - 8:45 a.m.]
These roads are closed due to varying degrees of damage and not just high waters. They will not be reopened until appropriate repairs are made to ensure safety.

  • Snow Creek Rd
  • Kool Park Rd @ Bridge
  • 21st St NE @ Clyde Campbell
  • 4730 16th St Dr NE, Hickory
  • 3864 Buck Point Rd
  • 300 S 8th Avenue, Maiden
  • Rocky Ford Rd at Bridge
  • Reepsville Rd//Paintshop Rd
  • 8419 Reepsville Rd
  • 2330 Journeys Pass
  • 5411 Whitener Rd
  • Grace Ch Rd -- Plateau/Charolais
  • 1146 Sain Rd
  • Mitchell Drive (Temp access via 321 exit ramp)
  • 5662 Valleyfield Rd
  • 1684 Eckard Rd
  • White Rd // Lefevers Rd
  • 25th Avenue Dr NW Hickory
  • 12th Avenue SE Hickory
  • 3822 Pinecrest Drive
  • 2869 & 2879 9th Ave SE, Hickory

City Parks Closed Monday, June 10 [6/9/19 - 6:10 p.m.]
All City of Hickory parks will be closed on Monday, June 10, in order for City staff to fully inspect park areas to ensure the safety of visitors.  Recreation centers will operate on normal hours.

Inclement Weather Updates [6/9/19 - 5:00 p.m.]
Click here to read more.

Residents Relocated to Shelter [6/9/19 - 10:30 a.m.]
In response to localized flooding at Ridgecrest Apartments on 12th Ave. SE in Hickory, Catawba County is relocating affected residents to a temporary shelter set up at Catawba Valley Community College (CVCC) Tarlton Complex.  The CVCC Tarlton Complex is located at 2550 US Hwy 70 SE, Hickory.  The shelter is open for residents and their pets who have been relocated due to the storm.  The shelter is staffed by County personnel and American Red Cross volunteers and is providing cots, blankets, restrooms, showers, food and a mobile pet shelter.

Residents seeking shelter at the CVCC Tarlton Complex are advised to bring the following:

  • Medications and related medical supplies
  • Personal care items (toothbrush, toothpaste, etc.)
  • A change of clothes
  • Pet vaccination records and supplies, including pet food and medications
  • Food if you have special food needs
  • A pillow and blanket if you prefer to use your own

For more information, please call (828) 466-7213.

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