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Residents and Visitors Advised to Prepare for Charlotte's Afternoon Storms
Sunday, September 2, 2012

Contact: Jennifer Frost, 704-507-6565

Thunderstorms are again forecasted for Sunday afternoon in Charlotte. On Saturday, City of Charlotte crews responded to one instance of localized flooding in the 200 block of E. 9th St. uptown. Debris blocking a storm drain was removed. Take a moment before today’s expected storms to remove leaves, small branches and litter from nearby storm drains.

About “afternoon” showers

  • Because of our climate, Charlotte has a history of “pop-up” storms that occur in late afternoon during the summer. These storms are often severe but short in duration.
  • It’s not unusual to have storms in some Charlotte neighborhoods and dry weather in others at the same time.
  • Locals know to carry umbrellas or rain jackets when traveling outside later in the afternoon and during the evening commute.
  • In urban areas, a lot of rain in a short amount of time can lead to localized flooding and creeks that rise quickly and move fast.

Flooding Fast Facts
  • Flooding is the number-one natural hazard in Charlotte-Mecklenburg, both in frequency and in damage to property.
  • Charlotte has more than 30 named creeks and adjacent FEMA-regulated floodplains.
  • Frequent local floods are due to our climate and topography.

During a Flood
  • If told to evacuate, do so immediately.
  • Turn Around, Don’t Drown! Never try to wade or drive through flood water or around flood barricades.
    • Just 18 inches of water can carry away an SUV or bus.
    • The current in just 6 inches of water can sweep you off your feet.
  • Don’t allow children or pets to play near creeks or streams when the water is rising or moving fast.
  • Flooded streets, creeks and streams are very unpredictable. The water may be deeper than it appears.

Call 911 if…
  • You see water rising quickly
  • You encounter water in the roadway, especially if it is moving swiftly
  • You see anyone trapped by floodwaters in a vehicle or in a waterway

To learn more about flash flooding and flood safety, visit and click “Drainage & Flooding.”