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​Storm Water Services Shares Important Tips to Keep You Safe this Hurricane Season

5/5/2022

With the temperatures getting warmer and days getting longer, it is safe to say that summer is right around the corner – and so is hurricane season. 

 

Last year, there were 21 named tropical systems in the Atlantic. Although our area is further inland, it is important for residents to remember that widespread torrential rains associated with these storms often cause flooding hundreds of miles inland. This flooding, which is the second leading cause of fatalities during a tropical system, can persist for several days after a storm has dissipated. 

 

To help residents remain safe during hurricane season (June 1 - Nov. 30), Charlotte-Mecklenburg Storm Water Services is joining cities and towns from across the country to observe National Hurricane Preparedness Week from May 1-7, 2022.  Charlotte-Mecklenburg Emergency Management shares information in this video about hurricane preparedness.  

 

Here are some important things to know before and during a hurricane. 

 

Be prepared: 

 

  • Make an emergency plan. 

  • Check and clean storm drains before heavy rains arrive or call 311 to report blockages.   

 

More tips can be found at ready.gov/hurricanes. 


During a hurricane or tropical storm: 

  • During the storm, call 911 for any life-threatening situations. 

  • Do not attempt to clear storm drains or storm drainage pipes.  

  • Stay off the roads unless absolutely necessary. 

  • Depending on where you are, go to the safe location that you have identified. If you are not able to shelter in place or with family, go to a public shelter. 

  • Listen to EAS, NOAA Weather Radio or check with Charlotte-Mecklenburg Emergency Management for current emergency information and instructions regarding flooding. 

  • If told to evacuate, do so immediately. Never drive around barricades. Local responders use them to safely direct traffic out of flooded areas. 

  • Turn around, don’t drown. One foot of moving water could float and sweep your vehicle away.  

 

For more information on Hurricane Preparedness Week, follow Storm Water Services on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.