Planning for the next natural disaster

By Jeff Atkinson - bio - l email

CHARLOTTE, NC (WBTV) - Flash floods have caused more than $100 million in damages in the Charlotte area since 1995.  High water has destroyed or damaged more than 500 homes and two people have been killed.

A new plan was unveiled on Tuesday by Charlotte Mecklenburg Storm Water Services on ways to deal with these disasters.

"The most common things that might happen would be floods, prolonged heat, would be ice storms that cripple the community for maybe a short burst of time," says Sharon Foote with Mecklenburg County Stormwater.  "But it's a pretty intense burst of time.  We also have to be prepared for things that may not have happened here very often."

This is a requirement every five years.  Areas that fail to update their plans risk losing out on Federal dollars if disaster strikes.