Floodplains are the areas along streams or rivers that are likely to experience repeated flooding.
Over thousands of years, nature shaped the floodplain to hold excess water that spills over the banks. Simply put, floodplains are meant to flood.
Because nature designed floodplains to flood, the floodplain is considered to be part of a healthy creek system.
Decades ago, homes and buildings were often built in floodplains in Charlotte and across the nation. That's because:
- water was easily available for drinking or commercial uses
- floodplain land is often flat and easier to develop than hilly land.
Since the late 1970s, building in local floodplains has been restricted. Protecting floodplains from additional development can reduce flood losses and improve the environment.
This restored floodplain is along Little
Floodplain maps Sugar Creek in Hidden Valley
Floodplain maps show areas along creeks with a specific risk of flooding. In Charlotte-Mecklenburg, floodplain maps are used to:
More about how floodplain maps are used.
Local Floodplain Maps show both FEMA and Community Floodplains.