City Assesses Flood Damage
Crews from Charlotte-Mecklenburg Storm Water Services continue to assess damage to homes and businesses from Friday's flash flooding. More than 100 homes and businesses were damaged - primarily in the Biddleville and Five-Points neighborhoods just west of Uptown. Flood Mitigation Program Manager Tim Troutman says it was the worst flooding that neighborhood has seen since 1995. "The majority of what flooded on Friday were buildings that were built before floodplain maps existed and they're in the floodplains," says Troutman. "It just so happened that we got a significant amount of rain - close to 7 inches in a few hours - in those areas and the creeks could not handle it." Troutman says the damage would have been much worse had the county not already purchased dozens of other properties in the neighborhood through the Floodplain Buyout Program. More than 1,500 structures around the city are currently out of compliance with flood-plain regulations. "At some point there will be enough rain and a flood event that would potentially damage to some level these structures," says Troutman. The county's Floodplain Buyout Program has bought and torn down more than 230 high-risk properties in the past 11 years, using county and federal dollars. Troutman says some of the properties damaged in Friday's flooding may move up the priority list for buyout.