The Charlotte Fire Department is working with employees of Charlotte-Mecklenburg Storm Water Services in a flood safety program at the U.S. National Whitewater Center.
Storm water employees go out and measure high water and check on areas that could be at risk of flooding for the Charlotte Fire Department, and they've been very busy lately.
They're training Tuesday how to rescue themselves and each other because they are on the front lines and at risk of getting sucked into the high waters at culverts, ditches and drains, especially after all the rain in Charlotte.
After learning how to throw rope to rescue each other, they then got into the water and saw firsthand the power of fast moving water.
“That’s the beauty of having the Whitewater Center here. We can do this training real-world, but in a controlled environment to give us a feel for how quickly that water moves and recognize some of the currents and what's hazardous and what is a little bit safer,” said Tim Trautman of Storm Water Services’ Flood Mitigation Program.
Charlotte firefighters said they have not had to do a water rescue this year, but they're closely tracking Tropical Storm Chantal, which is going to be heading closer to the U.S. coast by this weekend.
They said with all the rain in local waterways already and the ground saturated, the tropical system could create the kind of flooding that could have people in need of rescue.