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Public meetings are being held this month to show revised, draft floodplain maps affecting about 7,000 properties on Charlotte-Mecklenburg’s west side from Cornelius to Pineville. Charlotte-Mecklenburg Storm Water Services is redrawing floodplain maps for the entire county.

There is a meeting scheduled in Huntersville for Monday, July 23, 2012, from 6 to 8 p.m. at the CPCC Merancas (North) Campus, Claudia Watkins Belk Center, Rm 134. The CPCC Merancas Campus is located at 11920 Verhoeff Drive, Huntersville.

The remapping is being done in phases over several years. The newest set of maps is for Phase 2. Parts of Huntersville are included in the Phase 2 floodplain remapping. A postcard is being mailed to property owners who may be affected by the new, draft floodplain lines.

Residents are invited to attend one of three drop-in meetings held in July by Storm Water Services. They can also use the Internet to see the new, draft floodplain maps and can make comments or ask questions online. The new Phase 2 maps must go through local and federal review and are not expected to take effect for flood insurance purposes until 2014.

Floodplain maps show the “regulated floodplain” or land along major creeks which has a specific risk of flooding. In the regulated floodplain, new development and some redevelopment are restricted and most mortgage-holders must buy flood insurance. However, floodplain maps do not show all areas of our community which are at risk of flooding. Flooding or persistent drainage problems can also occur outside of the regulated floodplain, such as in low-lying areas and on some streets.

More about the public meetings and Storm Water Services’ process of updating local floodplain maps - http://charmeck.org/stormwater/DrainageandFlooding/Pages/UpdatedFloodplainMaps.aspx.

See the new draft floodplain maps (new floodplain data for western watersheds to be added on July 13) - http://mapserver.mecklenburgcountync.gov/fmr/.
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