Charlotte-Mecklenburg Storm Water Services is committed to reducing potential loss of life and property due to flooding. Each year we identify properties with high flood risk for possible buyouts and/or other flood risk reduction measures. Many homes in the McDowell Farms floodplain now rank near the top of Storm Water Services priority list to reduce or eliminate flood risk.
Buying and removing buildings in the floodplain is one of the most cost-effective ways to reduce long-term flood damage and create many other community benefits. Floodplain acquisitions provide the community recreational and open space assets. Over time, the local building stock shifts from older buildings in vulnerable areas, to newer code compliant buildings in more sustainable locations within Mecklenburg County.