Statesville was hammered with heavy rains Wednesday afternoon, as flood watches and warnings were in affect across the Charlotte region.
A bus lot near Statesville High School was reported to be under several feet of water Wednesday afternoon, and several parking lots near businesses in downtown Statesville were flooded, authorities said.
Flood conditions remained throughout Thursday, but no warnings were declared.
FloodSmart, a federal government program through the Federal Emergency Management Agency, says flooding is the main natural disaster in the United States.
But Charlotte is not at as much of a risk. A program on FloodSmart’s website places urban Charlotte areas in a moderate-to-low risk of flooding.
“Even summer we have a few events like that in the Carolinas, but it is typically isolated,” said Andrew Kimball from The National Weather Service in Greer S.C.
He said while flooding is not a large issue in North Carolina, it is wise to have a plan of action.
The main recommendation from the National Weather Service is to avoid driving. Kimball said the water can hide road conditions and can cause cars to swerve off the road.
“Turn around, don’t drown,” Kimball said.
Cars and vehicles should be moved out of low, flat parking lots. These areas are likely to have water pool up in them.
FloodSmart advises to always wash ones’ hands after being around flood waters, as it can contain toxins from debris.
Tyler Fleming: 704-358-5355, @tyler_fleming96