Mecklenburg County, NC

Mecklenburg County, NC

After numerous floods and repetitive losses of property, the City of Charlotte, NC and Mecklenburg County decided to adjust their approach to floodplain management. The Charlotte-Mecklenburg County Storm Water Services Division (SWS) took the initiative to research and update maps used to identify flood hazards.

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Kinston, NC

Kinston, NC

The city of Kinston, North Carolina was struck by two devastating hurricanes in a relatively short period of time. To protect human life and prevent future property damage, city planners utilized FEMA Hazard Mitigation Grant Program funds to carry out voluntary buyouts of flooded properties and provide residents with money to move to safer areas of the community.

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King County, WA

King County, WA

Heavy rains and snow melts lead to frequent river flooding in the Seattle area. In 1990, King County officials recognized the value of the CRS Program in reducing risk to floodplain property owners. By 2007 King County had received a Class 2 rating under the CRS, making it the highest-rated county in the nation at the time.

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