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Think before you step into that stream

The most common type of flooding in Charlotte-Mecklenburg is flash flooding.

In general, one inch of rain per hour will send streams surging over their banks. Flash flooding is also likely downstream.

Rain and stream gauges give a real-time look at how much rain has fallen or how fast creeks are rising. Rain and stream gauges across Charlotte-Mecklenburg also are part of the Flood Information & Notification System or FINS.

To some, a swollen stream is an invitation to skip stones or kick off shoes for an impromptu wading.  But walking in flood water is dangerous.  It's also dangerous to drive in floodwater.

  • When you receive a flood warning, evacuate immediately.
  • Have an emergency plan in place for your family.
  • Don't drive if you don't have to.
  • If your vehicle stalls, leave it immediately and move to higher ground.
  • Never try to walk, swim, or drive in flood water.
  • Children should NEVER play around high water, storm drains, viaducts, or culverts.
  • If you come upon a flowing stream where water is over your ankles, STOP!

  • Charlotte-Mecklenburg Storm Water Services works hard to reduce flood risks. But heavy rain and flooding are natural occurrences. We all have to do our part to stay safe during a flood.