Charlotte County has a history of flooding due to rainfall events a storm surge events. The following is a listing of dates in which Charlotte County residents have submitted flood insurance claims to the National Flood Insurance Program. The dollar figures reflected in the figures below include damage to county infrastructure, along with damages to homes and businesses.
Sep 2017 - Hurricane Irma
Estimated $5 to 6 million in damage to private and public resources caused by this powerful hurricane hitting Charlotte County as well as the majority of the State.
Oct 2005 - Hurricane Wilma
Heavy rains of 4 to 8 inches caused urban street flooding and filled ditches to capacity.
Aug 2004 - Hurricane Charley
Estimated $5.4 billion in damage to private and public resources caused by this powerful category 4 hurricane hitting Charlotte County and proceeding up the harbor to Desoto County.
June 2003 - Excessive Rainfall
Between 16” and 20” of rain fell across the county within a 24-hour period. Approximately $4.7 million in damages occurred to public infrastructure. 41 living units were affected with an estimated $50,000 in damage.
Sept 2001 - Tropical Storm Gabrielle
Direct hit from tropical storm caused widespread flooding along Shoreview Drive and Gulf Blvd. Significant flooding also took place in the City of Punta Gorda. Over 300 homes were affected with minor-moderate levels of flooding. Estimated damages to infrastructure, residences, and businesses are between $4-6 million.
Sept 2000 - Hurricane Gordon
Passing Hurricane caused flooding in the Manasota Key area along Shoreview Drive and Gulf Blvd. Other areas included the Peace River shoreline area in Punta Gorda. Flood Insurance claims totaled over $132,584.02.
Sept 1999 - Tropical Storm Harvey (no landfall)
Passing tropical storm caused flooding in the Manasota Key area along Shoreview Drive and Gulf Blvd. Minor flooding occurred in a few homes. Flood Insurance claims were totaled over $21,592.40.
Sept 1998 - Hurricane Georges (no landfall)
Passing hurricanes caused abnormally high surf, causing beach erosion and threatening some homes, putting water in a few on Manasota Key; flood insurance claims of $3558.50.
Sept 1997 - Excessive Rainfall
Up to 10" of rain fell in Port Charlotte causing widespread street flooding in Charlotte County; some houses sustained water damage; $15,846.79 in flood insurance claims were paid out.
Oct 1996 - Tropical Storm Josephine (no landfall)
Some street flooding occurred, Englewood experienced some flooding from high tide; high tide eroded beach and caused one home to fall into the water; $253,631.39 in flood insurance claims were paid out.
Mar 1993 - Winter Rain Storm
Flooding caused by high tides coupled with blowing winds; flood insurance claims of $383,008.69 were paid out.
Jun 1992 - Flooding due to 6 days of rain
23.5" of rain fell in Murdock, 18" fell in Punta Gorda, and 28" fell in Englewood; approx. $1,600,000 in damages was reported.
Nov 1988 - Tropical Storm Keith
Approximately 2" of rain fell in Charlotte County; flooding occurred in Punta Gorda and other low-lying areas due to high tides coupled with a minimal storm surge. Flood insurance claims of $224,384.60 were paid out.
Sep 1988 - Stalled front with excessive rain
Homes in Grove City suffered damages from flooding, none of which were uninsured; 11.5" of rain fell in Englewood, with 7.5" in Punta Gorda and 4.5" in Port Charlotte. Flood insurance claims of $1,066.51.
Aug 1985 - Hurricane Elena (no landfall)
Storm surge caused flooding of up to 5' in some areas. Flood insurance claims of $161,356.46 were paid out.
Mar 1983 - Abnormal High Tide
Flooding occurred in the City of Punta Gorda. Flood insurance claims of $7,967.89 were paid out.
Jun 1982 - No-Name Storm
Several inches of rainfall along with a minimal, but damaging storm surge; approx. 10,965 acres of land flooded with salt water; approximately 1800 acres of land flooded with fresh water rain runoff; damage estimates approx. $1,000,000.
Jun 1972 - Hurricane Agnes (no landfall)
5"-7" rainfall in Charlotte County; caused flooding of 3"-6" in parts of County; damages approx. $62,105.