Specific Hazards


Flooding in a Charlotte Neighborhood 

Flooding in a neighborhood in Northwest Charlotte in August 2011


Flood hazards often result from severe thunderstorms, seasonal rains, and other weather-related conditions, including the remnants of a hurricane.

Areas in proximity to rivers or lakes are often at the greatest risk of flooding when the flow of rainwater is greater than the carrying capacity of natural drainage systems. Even if the flood water you encounter is below your knees, you need to be extremely cautious.