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Update on Area Flooding
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Thursday, July 11, 2013



Contact
Charlotte-Mecklenburg Joint Information Center
704-432-6397 (NEWS)
CharMeckJIC@CharlotteNC.gov


Charlotte, NC — Officials from area agencies have provided the following update on current flooding conditions in the area. The most intense rain, 2 to 4 1/3 inches, fell in northwest Charlotte. More rain and possible flooding are expected throughout the night.



The Charlotte Fire Department

  • Officials have gone door to door advising residents in affected areas to evacuate. This is a voluntary evacuation. 
  • There have been 148 calls for service since 10 a.m.; 27 were flood response-related. No reports of serious injuries.
  • At the peak of the flooding, more than 100 firefighters were engaged in response, rescue and assisting with evacuations
  • One HAZMAT incident involved an above-ground diesel storage tank that became detached and floated away during the flood.

Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department

  • Animal Care & Control have rescued several dogs stranded in yards with rising floodwater

Charlotte-Mecklenburg Storm Water Services

  • About a half-dozen houses on Prince Street in the Stewart Creek watershed had floodwater in their living spaces 
  • Dozens of homes had floodwater in crawlspaces and basements
  • Most of the flood damage was to sheds, fences and cars
  • More than 20 additional homes would have flooded were if not for buyouts by Charlotte-Mecklenburg Storm Water Services

The American Red Cross

  • Northwest School of the Arts on Beatties Ford Road was opened Thursday afternoon and staffed with volunteers to accept those displaced by flooding conditions. This shelter will remain open for as long as necessary.

Mecklenburg County Park & Recreation

  • Clanton Pavilion is closed
  • Little Sugar Creek Greenway - Metropolitan section near uptown is closed
  • Irwin Creek Greenway at Frasier Park is closed
  • Revolution Park on Remount Road is closed
  • McAlpine Creek Greenway and Park are closed

Solid Waste Services

  • Residents whose garbage or recycling containers have floated away can call 311 to request a replacement

Flood safety tips:

  • TURN AROUND, DON’T DROWN! Never try to wade or drive through floodwater or around flood barricades
  • Just 18 inches of water can carry away an SUV or bus.
  • The current in just six inches of water can sweep you off your feet.
  • Don’t allow children or pets to play near creeks or streams when the water is rising or moving fast. Flood conditions can continue hours or even a day after the rain stops.
  • Flooded streets, creeks and streams are very unpredictable. The water may be deeper than it appears and could contain dangerous debris that you can’t see.