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March 6, 2003

Flood Warning System Alerts Emergency Responders to Rising Water

Charlotte, NC— For the first time in its brief history, Charlotte-Mecklenburg Storm Water Services' FLOOD ALERT WARNING SYSTEM notified firefighters of the potential of emergency flooding conditions.

On the morning of Thursday, March 6, the Flood Alert Warning System issued two "emergency" alerts for the first time since the system became operational two months ago. The Charlotte Fire Department responded to two locations to monitor the rising water – Little Sugar Creek in North Charlotte and Briar Creek near the Doral Apartments.

Battalion Chief Tim Rogers of the Charlotte Fire Department says no property damage or danger to citizens has been reported as a result of the high stream levels.  "The system worked the way it is supposed to," said Rogers.  "All of our stations received the alerts and were able to respond immediately."

The Flood Alert Warning System consists of monitors in creeks and streams throughout Mecklenburg County, installed through a partnership between Charlotte-Mecklenburg Storm Water Services and the U.S. Geological Survey.  Each gauge relays water level information in real-time to Storm Water Services, as well as to emergency responders such as the Charlotte Fire Department, Emergency Management, Medic, and Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department. 

Alerts are delivered via pager, fax and e-mail.  There are three stages of warning:

· Alert – A significant rise in water levels at the monitoring stations.  No response required.
· Investigate – Emergency responders investigate the level of water.
· Emergency – A likelihood of danger to citizens or damage to property.

For more information on Mecklenburg County Storm Water Services, check the Web site www.stormwaterservices.com.  To report flooding or other storm water problems, or for general information, residents can call City-County Customer Service at 704-336-RAIN.



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