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Flood Damages Cavalier Apartments
This week's flooding left all 96 ground floor units "unsafe". Residents of those units will not be allowed to move back into them.

Charlotte, NC   This week's flooding has left all 96 ground floor units of the two-story Cavalier Apartments "unsafe" and residents of those downstairs units will not be allowed to move back into them. Code Enforcement and Storm Water Services inspectors today assessed the extent of flood damage. Because of flood damage, all first floor units of the Cavalier Apartments are considered "dangerous." Electrical power will not be restored to the ground floor units. Residents may temporarily return to their first floor apartments through Sunday, August 31st at 5 p.m. The residents can retrieve and clean belongings, but will not be allowed to sleep or live in those flood-damaged units.

The upstairs units of the Cavalier Apartments have been classified as safe to occupy once electrical power is restored. It is not known when electricity will be reconnected to the upstairs units. Even when power is restored to the second story, all air conditioners will remain disconnected and inoperable for an undetermined length of time.

Mecklenburg County took ownership of the Cavalier Apartments on June 24, 2008 and has been working with a private management company and private relocation firm to assist residents of the 192 units in finding new places to live. Some residents chose to move out prior to this week's flooding. Relocation packages are currently being assembled for all occupants of first floor apartments. The property manager is contacting residents regarding Security Deposits and previously-approved funds for relocation expenses.

Mecklenburg County purchased the Cavalier Apartments earlier this year as part of its Floodplain Buyout Program. The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) funded $5.4 million of the Cavalier acquisition, with Charlotte-Mecklenburg Storm Water Services paying the remaining $4.2 million.

Even before this week's flood, Mecklenburg County planned to relocate the residents of the Cavalier Apartments, demolish the building, and convert the land to open space with features such as a possible greenway or public park. Since 2000, Charlotte-Mecklenburg Storm Water Services has purchased 160-floodprone buildings. Buildings acquired through this program have been torn down and the floodplain has been returned to a more natural and beneficial state.

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For additional information contact:

Dave Canaan       
Charlotte-Mecklenburg Storm Water Services    
Office: 704-336-3736      
Cell: 980-722-8455      

Joe Aug
Charlotte-Mecklenburg Storm Water Services
Office: 704-336-3712
Cell: 704-614-6050

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