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Flood History
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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.​ 
​June
2003
Excessive Rainfall
Betwe​en 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 (not landfalling)
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 (not landfalling)
5"-7" rainfall in Charlotte County; caused flooding of 3"-6" in parts of County; damages approx. $62,105.

​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.

​Oct
2005
Hurricane Wilma
Heavy rains of 4 to 8 inches caused urban street flooding and filled ditches to capacity.

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.


 
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