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​Governor Cooper Tours Flood Damage


governor Roy Cooper talking to flood victimsOn July 9, Gov. Roy Cooper visited Mecklenburg County. Part of the visit included a tour of the Charlotte Fire Department's Station 33 Disaster Recovery Center and the flood damage at the Riverside Drive community which occurred last month at Mountain Island Lake. Water levels at the lake reached record numbers as the Catawba River and surrounding areas received heavy rainfall within a couple of days. 

The Chair and Vice Chair of the Mecklenburg Board of County Commissioners (BOCC) joined Gov. Cooper and spoke with residents about property damage and potential flooding in the future. On July 2 the BOCC approved up to $3.5 million in funding to mitigate future damage to homes that were severely damaged during the flooding on June 9 and 10. The Board also adopted guidelines earlier this month to identify homes and offer voluntary buyouts and/or a retroFIT program grant during the recovery. Homes that were deemed substantially damaged by the floodplain administrator will be considered a priority under this funding.

Staff from the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Storm Water Services Department estimate that these funds could help approximately 30 of the homeowners that were affected the most before repairs begin. Storm Water Services staff also briefed Gov. Cooper and his staff on the affected areas and flood recovery and provided an overview of the voluntary "Quick Buy" program.

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