County to hold public meetings on new flood maps

By on January 27, 2020

Planning Director Donna Creef during her Jan. 6 presentation to the Dare County Board of Commissioners.

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The Dare County Planning Board will hold two informational meetings in early February about the updated flood maps for Dare County that will become effective June 19, 2020.  Many properties have been reclassified on the new flood maps, in many instances into a lower risk flood zone.

At the meetings, Planning Director Donna Creef will provide an overview of the updated maps, discuss concerns associated with them and explain proposed regulations for development in unincorporated Dare County that are being considered.

During her Jan. 6 presentation to the Dare County Board of Commissioners, Creef noted that sweeping changes to the FEMA’s revised 2020 flood maps will mean a 41 percent decrease in the number of unincorporated Dare County properties included in the flood zone.

And the widespread re-classifications, county officials worry, could tempt some property owners to prematurely drop their flood insurance policies when the new maps go into effect. Those concerns have prompted the county to again implement its “Low Risk is Not No Risk” public education campaign to make sure residents make informed decisions about canceling their flood insurance.

“People like to save money, but the opportunity to save money shouldn’t come through your flood insurance policy based on these maps,” Creef declared during her Jan. 6 briefing to the Dare County Commissioners.

The first informational meeting next month will be held on Monday, Feb. 10 at 5:00 p.m. at the Dare County Board of Commissioners Meeting Room located at 954 Marshall Collins Drive in Manteo.

The second meeting will be held on Thursday, Feb. 13 at 5 p.m. at the Fessenden Center located at 46830 NC 12 Highway in Buxton.

For more information regarding the new maps and to view the Flood Maps Update presentation provided to the Board of Commissioners at the Jan. 6 meeting, visit

Click here for a link to the states (Flood Risk Information System) FRIS webpage with flood maps and an instructional video:


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