North Carolina Flood Risk Information System released the first version
of new coastal floodplain maps for Dare County today.
Our residents, property owners, and businesses can now see how their
property is classified by the Federal Emergency Management Agency
(FEMA). The preliminary maps may be viewed online at http://fris.nc.gov/fris/.
Dare County has also provided a short video and other information on
viewing and using the new maps, including frequently asked questions at
To determine whether the flood zone for your property has changed, you
can check both the current, effective flood map and the new,
preliminary map at the NC FRIS website listed above. Or if you live in
or own property in unincorporated Dare County, you may contact the Dare
County Planning Department at 252-475-5873 and planning staff will
assist you with identification of the flood zone for your property.
If you live in or own property in the Town of Duck, Southern Shores,
Kitty Hawk, Kill Devil Hills, Nags Head or Manteo, contact the planning
department in your municipality for assistance identifying the flood
zone for your property.
Garrett of the Flood Plain Mapping Program gave a preview of the
process for releasing the new maps at the county Board of Commissioners
meeting on June 20.
was expected, Garrett's brief preview of the new maps confirmed that
they will bring some much needed good news to many Dare County property
"The good news is that a lot of properties are coming out of the flood zones," said Dare's planning director, Donna Creef.
Currently, she said, property in Dare County now falls into one of three categories --
- VE -- which is high risk, as in oceanside locations
- AE -- which is still water flooding, as in soundside locations
- X -- in which no flood insurance is needed
said that unincorporated Dare County, which includes Hatteras Island,
has had 1,800 structures in the high-risk VE category, and that number
will be reduced to only 124. The county has had almost 13,000
structures in the AE zone, and that will come down to about 8,500. The
others will move, perhaps into the X zone.
addition, the county will see two new zones -- AH, which will apply to
the area between the highways that floods in Kitty Hawk, and AO will
apply to some areas that are subject to shallow flooding. The AO zone
will include 893 structures countywide.
Typically, the map update process takes 18 to 24 months to complete
once the preliminary maps are released. Certain procedures must be
completed before the preliminary maps can be finalized -- this includes
a 90-day appeal period for the maps and a six-month compliance period
in which local governments must adopt the new maps and update their
local flood damage prevention ordinances. There will also be community
meetings on the new maps. The process is established by FEMA in
cooperation with the N.C. Floodplain Mapping Program.