Intense rainfall can lead to flooded streets, yards and buildings, and can send streams over their banks. Anywhere it rains, it can flood
reminders from Charlotte-Mecklenburg Storm Water Services:
- Do not drive through floodwater. It takes only two feet of water to carry a car or SUV from the roadway. Turn around, don’t drown.
- Do not walk or play in floodwater. Only six inches of moving water can sweep a person off their feet.
- If you see dangerous flooding, call 911. Flood emergencies should be reported to local fire and police.
- If the flooding or drainage problem is not life-threatening, call 311.
- Even after the rain ends, streams may continue to rise for several hours.
- Pay attention to flood watches and flood warnings. Be ready to move to higher ground.
- Have an emergency supply kit.
- Floodplain maps show areas with a specific risk of flooding. However, flooding can happen outside of the floodzone.
- Floodplains are part of a healthy creek system and are designed by nature to flood.
- Heavy rain can cause any low-lying area of street to flood, even if it’s not near a creek or not in a mapped floodplain.
- Buy flood insurance. Homeowner’s insurance does not cover flood damage.
- Build an “ARK” – Awareness, Responsibility and Knowledge to protect lives and property from flooding.