Storm Surges http://wfae.org en Local Buyout Program Saves Homes From Flooding http://wfae.org/post/local-buyout-program-saves-homes-flooding <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">It's been raining a lot in the Charlotte area. Since June 1, we've received about 12 inches of rain. That's about 7 inches above normal. About six homes were flooded last week in northwest Charlotte. But city officials say it would have been much higher if it weren't for the Charlotte-Mecklenburg <a href="http://charmeck.org/stormwater/drainageandflooding/pages/floodplainbuyout(acquisition)program.aspx" target="_blank">floodplain buyout program</a>. In the past 12 years, they've relocated 500 families.</span></p><p></p><p> Mon, 15 Jul 2013 13:15:49 +0000 Tasnim Shamma 31255 at http://wfae.org Local Buyout Program Saves Homes From Flooding Storm Surges Wreck Only Highway Off Hatteras Island http://wfae.org/post/storm-surges-wreck-only-highway-hatteras-island <p>In the outer banks, storm surges are destroying parts of the one highway onto and off of Hatteras Island. That’s despite massive sandbag structures the state Department of Transportation built a few years ago along the most battered section of N.C. Highway 12. The structures are covered to look like dunes, and they’re 20 feet wide, six feet tall and stretch for almost a half-mile.&nbsp;</p><p>But Superstorm Sandy wreaked havoc on the sandbags.</p> Mon, 19 Nov 2012 14:57:10 +0000 Duncan McFadyen & Michael Tomsic 16105 at http://wfae.org Storm Surges Wreck Only Highway Off Hatteras Island