New Preliminary Flood Maps To Be Released June 30, 2016

New Preliminary Flood Maps To Be Released

June 30, 2016

In August 2000, the State of North Carolina established the North Carolina Floodplain Mapping Program (NCFMP), with a mandate to update the floodplain maps for all counties within the State of North Carolina.  To formalize this effort, the State of North Carolina entered into a Cooperating Technical State (CTS) agreement with the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA).  With this designation, North Carolina was given primary responsibility and ownership of the Flood Insurance Study (FIS) and Flood Insurance Rate Maps (FIRMs) for all North Carolina communities by the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP).

The current FIRMs for Dare County, and the Town of Southern Shores, are dated September 20, 2006 and the County and the Town of Southern Shores will be issued new preliminary FIRMs on June 30, 2016.   The preliminary FIRMs will be available to view online following June 30, 2016 as well as a video to assist property owners in identifying their new flood zone designations.  The Town of Southern Shores will distribute the link to the preliminary FIRMs and the informational video in another Town Newsletter and on the Town Facebook page once they become available.