Some parts of the Lake Norman and Mountain Island Lake areas may experience flooding this week, according to Duke Energy.

The National Weather Service issued a flood warning at 9:59 a.m. today for southeastern Lincoln County, western Mecklenburg County and eastern Gaston County until 9:30 p.m.

The Catawba-Wateree River Basin has experienced significant, widespread rainfall recently, significantly raising water levels across the region.

Due to high inflows, Duke reported today that it had partially opened one gate at Cowans Ford Dam on Lake Norman, which was at full pond as of 10:20 this morning.

Opening the dam will cause Mountain Island Lake to reach full pond and begin spilling, Duke reported on its website.

“We expect Mountain Island to remain below 105 feet (full pond is 100 feet, the target level is 96), given current conditions,” a statement on the website read. “As always, we encourage those living along lakes, streams and other low-lying and flood-prone areas to pay special attention to changing weather conditions and take any necessary precautions.”

Find more information and keep track of lake levels online at http://www.duke-energy.com/lakes/levels.asp.