Charlotte Mecklenburg Storm Water Services has spent years trying to buy these river-front properties that rest in floodplains.
CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Riverside Drive in northwest Charlotte is no stranger to Mother Nature. In fact, it’s become part of the Catawba River at times.
Thursday’s heavy rain that led to historic flooding in Charlotte also caused flooding along the Catawba River Friday. A voluntary evacuation order was issued Friday morning as the river swelled and threatened homes and property. Now, some residents are selling their homes to Charlotte-Mecklenburg Storm Water Services.
“It’s a beautiful place,” said John Wendel, communications director for Storm Water Services.
Besides how quickly the water level rises, the fact is floods shouldn’t be a surprise for anyone who lives on Riverside Drive. It’s a flood zone.
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