Storm Surges

Local Buyout Program Saves Homes From Flooding

Jul 15, 2013

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 floodplain buyout program. In the past 12 years, they've relocated 500 families.

N.C. Deparment of Transportation

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. 

But Superstorm Sandy wreaked havoc on the sandbags.