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Floodplain Management and Flood Mitigation


Preventing or reducing the impact of flooding is a vital responsibility of Charlotte-Mecklenburg Storm Water Services. The goals of saving lives and property from flooding became more urgent after Charlotte's devastating, 100-year floods in 1995 and 1997. 

Storm Water Services' flood mitigation efforts in the minor system (creeks draining less than one square mile) usually involve capital improvement projects.

    Example of a flooded home


Floodplain management initiatives and program elements
Address overbank flooding in the major system (along FEMA-regulated streams draining more than one square mile) 

Current planning documents for floodplain management

Previous plans that guided floodplain management efforts in Charlotte-Mecklenburg:


 Banner about Flood Mitigation program
Charlotte-Mecklenburg Storm Water Services
works to reduce flood losses.