Residents in the tri-villages just got a new plot of space to start their spring and summer gardening initiatives, thanks to a community garden project that was recently orchestrated by the Fair Haven United Methodist Church (UMC.) The community garden is located in Rodanthe adjacent to the church, and the project originated when a member […] Hatteras Features | Full Article
Photos by Don Bowers Hundreds of people from the Outer Banks and miles beyond congregated at the edge of Oregon Inlet on Saturday to celebrate the long-awaited completion of the new Bonner Bridge replacement. The event was called “Community Day” and was an opportunity for the public to be among the first folks to walk […] Local News | Full Article
Many Hatteras and Ocracoke island residents braved the cold, wind, and the late-night hours to venture outside and witness one of 2019’s most impressive celestial shows – the rare Super Blood Wolf Moon, which lit up the skies on Sunday night. The Super Blood Wolf Moon consisted of a unique combination of a “super moon,” […] Local News | Full Article
As the federal government shutdown affects the cleanliness and responsible use of National Parks throughout the country, the Cape Hatteras National Seashore (CHNS) is apparently not immune to spates of vandalism or park violations. A January 17 social media post by the Outer Banks Preservation Society (OBPA) outlined some of these recent violations, and called […] Seashore News | Full Article
Two firefighters from the Chicamacomico Banks Fire Department were injured after a deck collapsed in Waves on Thursday morning, January 17.The firefighters and Dare County EMS personnel were assisting a resident on Sea Isle Hills Drive in Waves, and the resident and three members of the fire department were standing on the deck when it […] Local News | Full Article
Dare County Board of Commissioners (BOC) Chairman Bob Woodard outlined the BOC and county’s initiatives in 2018, while noting issues that would linger into 2019, at the State of the County Meeting on Wednesday morning, January 16. The meeting, which was hosted by the Outer Banks Chamber of Commerce, attracted nearly 200 attendees which included […] Local News | Full Article
The month of January has brought multiple reports of colds and flus affecting adults and children alike throughout Hatteras Island, and parents are urged to use caution while the flu season is seemingly in full swing. Keith Parker, the Digital Communications and Middle School Director for Dare County Schools, reports that while there’s no concrete […] Local News | Full Article
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On June 30, 2016, the North Carolina Flood Risk Information System released the first version of new preliminary Flood Insurance Rate Maps (or FIRMs) for Dare County.
The FIRMs are updated every 10 years or so, and the last update for the county was in 2006.
Traditionally, the process to convert to new FIRMs takes roughly 18-24 months, as a series of procedures must be completed before the new maps can be adopted. This includes a 90-day public comment and appeal period, a subsequent review by FEMA to make changes to the maps as needed, and – eventually – a letter of final determination that cements the maps, and gives Dare County an effective date of implementation approximately six months after the letter is issued.
It should be noted that many property owners throughout Dare County have been anticipating the implementation of the new flood maps, and for good reason.
When initially introduced to the Dare County Board of Commissioners at a meeting in June of 2016, Steve Garrett of the Flood Plain Mapping Program and Dare County Planning Director Donna Creef both confirmed that many homeowners would benefit from the updated FIRMs.
“The good news is that a lot of properties are coming out of the flood zones,” said Creef at the 2016 meeting.
Garrett reported at the time that unincorporated Dare County, which includes Hatteras Island, had 1,800 structures in the high-risk VE category, and that number would be reduced to only 124. The county had almost 13,000 structures in the AE zone, and that would come down to about 8,500. The others would move, perhaps into the X zone.
Two new zones are also included in the new maps — AH, which applies to the area between the highways that floods in Kitty Hawk, and AO, which applies to some areas that are subject to shallow flooding, and which includes roughly 893 structures countywide.
(If you haven’t seen if and how your property is affected, you can still check it out via the thoroughly interactive website found here: https://fris.nc.gov/fris/.)
So the ball to adopt the new maps has been rolling for some time, but the process is still ongoing roughly 2.5 years after the maps were introduced. So what’s the hold up, and what’s being done? Here’s a closer look at where we are, and the steps the county is taking to move us forward.