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Storm Water Services watching storms for possible flooding

Published: Sep. 1, 2016 at 9:34 PM EDT|Updated: Sep. 1, 2016 at 9:56 PM EDT
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CHARLOTTE, NC (WBTV) - Rain tonight and possible tropical storms pounding our area are concerning to those who respond to flooding. The Mecklenburg County Storm Water Services says they're watching the weather because creeks and storm drains can flood.

Stewart Creek off of Morehead Street can appear calm in the sun, but if a lot of rain falls quickly in a short period of time there are concerns for flash flooding.

"We have a flood notification system that actually lets us know the stages and levels of not only our creeks but also tells us how much rain we're getting," said Mark Boone with Charlotte Mecklenburg Storm Water services.

The storm water team said they have been preparing for the tropical storm season for a while by trying to clear storm drains and other problem areas.  During the storm they can track in real time if flooding is an issue. There are gauges and probes that send back information about  water height, the water depth and if the area is flooded.

Boone explained if people live in a flood plain or a low lying area they need to be aware of the storms that are coming.

"A lot of rain in a particular small amount of time can cause major flash flooding. So, right now this creek looks very docile, two to three inches of rain in a given hour this creek could actually overflow its banks and flood this road," said Boone.

Boone said if a road is flooded they will come out to close it. Before the heavy rains begin, if there is a storm drain near your home, storm water services would like you to clear it out.

If you aren't able, to they ask that you call 311 and CDOT crews will come out to clear it.

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