North Carolina flooding: 3 deaths amid the heavy rain near Lincolnton.

Waters continue to rise in the southeastern United States, threatening more lives and property.

Three people were killed amid the heavy rain near Lincolnton, North Carolina, on Saturday evening. The vehicle they were traveling in slid off the road, hit a tree and overturned into rising creek waters, troopers told WBTV.

On Sunday, Mayor Lee E. Moritz, Jr., declared a state of emergency for the city of Conover, North Carolina, along with Catawba County, due to the heavy rain and flooding in the area. The city of Hickory, North Carolina, made a similar declaration.

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A few locations in western North Carolina have recorded more than a foot of rain in the past three days. This includes 13.64 inches near Brookford and 13.57 inches east of Boone, North Carolina.

Floodwaters overwhelmed rivers near Todd, North Carolina, nearly submerging nearby cars at a park.

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To the south, Hickory, North Carolina, recorded two consecutive days with rainfall totals over 3 inches on Friday and Saturday. Nearly 2 inches of additional rainfall fell in Hickory on Sunday, and more rain will add to the storm total through Monday night.

At the nearby Lookout Shoals Dam, the Catawba River soared to the second-highest stage on record at 108.19 feet on Sunday morning. The all-time record is 114.40 feet from Aug. 30, 1940.

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Officials are closely monitoring the amount of water streaming down the Catawba River basin, which is causing significant rises along Mountain Island Lake, located to the northwest of Charlotte.

There is concern that the lake may rise to levels not seen since May 2013, when the lake crested at 104.02 feet.

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