When It Floods in Chapel Hill

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PHOTO: Franklin Street Flooded

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Torrential rains caused flooding and property damage in late June and early July 2013. A huge volume of rain – about five inches – fell within a few hours. The Town’s Stormwater Management Division records show that 1.83 inches fell June 28-29; 5.06 inches on June 30, and another 0.97 inches on July 1 for a total of 7.86 inches. A total of 5.06 inches fell within 19 hours, most of it within two hours between 3 and 5 p.m. on June 30, 2013.


Why did this flood event happen?

The simple cause: It rained a lot! Immediately prior to the recent flooding, the ground was saturated from record rain. As a result, practically all the rapidly falling rain became runoff. It barreled downhill and filled all the low places on its way into our streams, which swelled precipitously and overflowed their banks. A flood was born. http://www.chapelhillnews.com/2013/08/06/3082173/betsy-kempter-make-room-for-streams.html

Was anyone harmed?

Thankfully, no.

What private property damage occurred?

We are creating a map to provide a visual overview of where flood damage occurred.

What public property damage occurred?

  •  First Floor of Town Hall at 405 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd.
  • Airport Gardens public housing neighborhood on Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard
  • Umstead Park Playground
  • Greenways
  • Sykes Street Playground

What was the public response to assist people?

Staff from the Town, Orange County, Chapel Hill-Carrboro City Schools, the Red Cross and other agencies worked together closely to clear debris, reopen streets and relocate residents affected by the flooding. The floodwaters displaced about 40 residents. A temporary shelter was established at Smith Middle School for displaced residents. An Assistance Center at University Mall was established by the Central North Carolina Red Cross. Working in partnership with Orange County Department of Social Services, the center provided people impacted by flooding with food, clothing and lodging. A U.S. Small Business Administration Disaster Loan Outreach Center was opened in late July at the University Mall.

What is the public response to address the property damage?

The Town of Chapel Hill waived fees for pickup of flood related debris and for permits related to correcting flood damaged properties for a period of 60 days through Sept. 4. Extensive clean-up was conducted by the Public Works Department, which hauled tons of trash and debris. Town crews also were busy during August assessing repairs and making renovations to public properties that were damaged.

Information Materials

8/5/2013 Emergency Proclamation (Continuation)

7/8/2013 Emergency Proclamation

Background Information on Camelot Village Hazard Mitigation Grant Project


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12/30/2015 - Chapel Hill Responds to Flooding
12/30/2015 - Post Flood Update
07/31/2013 - Responding to Flood Damage: Repairs to Airport Gardens, Town Hall
07/17/2013 - Governor Announces Financial Aid for Flood Survivors
07/15/2013 - Congressman tours flood damage in Chapel Hill
07/10/2013 - Chapel Hill Flood Response Continues
07/08/2013 - Team to assess flood damage Tuesday
07/05/2013 - (UPDATE) Flooding Operations in Chapel Hill
07/04/2013 - Update on Flooding Operations
07/03/2013 - Post-Flood Mosquito Prevention Tips
07/03/2013 - UPDATE: Flooding Operations Chapel Hill
07/02/2013 - Ongoing Flood Relief Efforts
07/02/2013 - Flooding Relief Efforts
07/01/2013 - First Floor of Town Hall Is Closed
07/01/2013 - Flooding in Chapel Hill
07/01/2013 - Flooding Update
07/01/2013 - Statement from Mayor Mark Kleinschmidt re: Flooding in Chapel Hill

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