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Advisory: Valve testing at Price Lake June 27

The National Park Service will be testing valves at Price Lake Wednesday, June 27, between 8:30 and 10 a.m. Persons should avoid being in Boone Fork Creek from Price Lake Dam to the confluence of the Watauga River and downstream along Hwy. 194/Broadstone Road and Watauga River Road.

The water levels should not leave the river banks but it will be unsafe to be in the river with the water surge. Law enforcement officers and emergency personal have been advised of the test and will be present. The valves at Trout Lake and Bass Lake will be tested later in the day Wednesday, and the creeks downstream from these lakes should be avoided for the day.

If you have any questions, contact the Watauga County Emergency Management Office at 828-264-4235 or the National Park Service 828-298-2491.