State and Federal Agencies Inspect Flood Impacted Properties
Charlotte, NC – August 29, 2008 - On August 28, 2008, a public proclamation was signed declaring a state of emergency within Mecklenburg County. This proclamation covers all residents of Mecklenburg County and its municipalities who were affected by the recent floods.
County and City officials met with representatives from the Small Business Adminstration's Office of Disaster Assistance and the North Carolina Division of Emergency Management - Individual Assistance Section today to compile the necessary information for disaster relief. The state and federal representatives determined that Mecklenburg County met the eligibility requirements through the Small Business Administration Declaration of Disaster program. An official decision from the state and federal agencies is expected late next week.
To date 486 residences have been inspected. Of that number, 338 received significant damage and are uninhabitable. One hundred and forty eight homes received damage that requires minor repairs. The American Red Cross has assisted more than 50 families as a result of this week's storms. The Red Cross shelter was closed at noon today, but volunteers continue to offer residents further family assistance at their temporary facility located at Independence Hall located in the Merchandise Mart. Residents can reach the Red Cross by calling 704-378-4620.
Citizens are encouraged to continue using caution when around areas affected by the recent flood. Residents should not return to their homes until they have been inspected if their electrical systems were affected by water. Residents should have a certified electrician inspect their systems or call 311 to have an inspector visit their property. Because of the number of homes affected, and the limited number of inspectors, there could be a wait times for home inspections. If residents have questions about utility interruption they should contact their service provider.
Flood safety information can be found on the Storm Water Services website at:
http://stormwater.charmeck.org. Information on mold and other health concerns can be found at:
Information for residents on private drinking water wells:
The City and County will continue to work with the local media to make sure residents have the most up to date information. Residents can call 311 with any questions or concerns.