Charlotte will not preemptively close off flood-prone roads ahead of Florence

With heavy rainfall expected in the Charlotte area from Hurricane Florence FOX 46 Charlotte asked city officials what is being done for roads in areas known to flood during regular rain events.

Several inches of rain are expected to pummel parts of Charlotte. Areas like North Tryon and 16th Street flood all the time, so what is the city planning to do ahead of the storm to keep drivers safe?

The answer: nothing.

Charlotte Storm Water said residents can call 311 to report flooding and that Charlotte Fire Department and CMPD are responsible for blocking flooded roads.

CMPD said they aren’t aware of any road closures and encourage the public to turn around – don’t drown.

Storm drains on North Tryon where flooding is always an issue appeared to be clear Thursday however, that area flooded earlier this week after just 30 minutes of rain.

Charlotte Communications told FOX 46, “Charlotte Department of Transportation officials continue to monitor road conditions and will make decisions about road closures as conditions change.”

While it’s clear the city isn’t preemptively closing flood prone roads it’s important for motorists to remember not to drive through standing water. Just a foot of water can carry away a small car, and more than half the deaths from flooding each year happen in vehicles.