Dare County to host FEMA flood map meetings

By on February 8, 2020

The updated flood maps feature significant changes from the 2006 flood maps. Many properties will be re-classified as Shaded X or X zone properties, which are considered low-risk zones.

It’s no secret that Dare County officials are not happy with the revised FEMA flood maps that go into effect in June and will mean a whopping 41 percent decrease in the number of unincorporated Dare County properties included in the flood zone.

The big concern, as enunciated by Dare County Planning Director Donna Creef at the Jan. 6 Dare Commissioners meeting, is that the maps are based on outdated computer models and will encourage property owners to drop flood insurance while still being vulnerable to flooding events.

“People like to save money, but the opportunity to save money shouldn’t come through your flood insurance policy based on these maps,” she said on Jan. 6. At the meeting, the commissioners gave Creef the green light to move forward with amending the flood damage prevention ordinance to incorporate a local elevation standard of eight feet and requirements for freeboard, a factor of safety expressed in feet above a flood level.

Part of the county’s response also includes a “Low risk is not no risk” messaging campaign designed to convince residents not to let their guards down on flood insurance.

In addition, the Dare County Planning Board will hold two public information meetings about the new flood maps and discuss proposed regulations for development in unincorporated Dare County that are being considered in conjunction with revised maps.

  • The first meeting will be held on Monday, Feb. 10, at 5:00 p.m. at the Dare County Board of Commissioners Meeting Room in Manteo, NC located at 954 Marshall Collins Drive.
  • The second meeting will be held on Thursday Feb. 13, in Buxton, NC at the Dare County Fessenden Center located at 46830 NC 12 Highway.

The Town of Kill Devil Hill’s Planning Board will begin review of the Town’s Flood Damage Prevention Ordinance at their Feb.11 meeting. This meeting starts at 5:30 p.m. and will be held at the Kill Devil Hills Town Hall located at 102 Town Hall Drive in Kill Devil Hills.

CHECK YOUR FLOOD ZONE DESIGNATION ON NC Flood Insurance Risk System (FRIS) here:  http://fris.nc.gov/fris/

Watch Dare County Planning Director Donna Creef’s presentation at the Jan. 6 Dare Commissioners meeting: https://www.darenc.com/government/flood-maps


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  • tim

    I decided to not get flood insurance at my new house 10 years ago and I am in AE close to the beach road. I have saved over $7,000 so far. My old house was on the beach road in VE and I paid over $16,000 to FEMA in the 20+ years I owned it and had water in the lower level 7 times and got one check from FEMA in 2003 for $450.

    Sunday, Feb 9 @ 10:02 am