Flood maps effective June 19 with major changes

By on June 21, 2020

(Dare County)

The State of North Carolina and FEMA have released updated flood maps for all of Dare County and they became effective on June 19.  You can check your flood zone designation at NC FRIS:  http://fris.nc.gov/fris/.

These 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.
  • Other properties that remain in a flood zone, such as the AE flood zone, may have a lower base flood elevation.

For example, a property designated AE8 on the 2006 maps may be designated as AE4 on the updated maps.

What does this mean for you?

Potential cost savings on your flood insurance policy. Talk to your insurance agent about how your flood insurance rate is set and what savings you may realize once the updated maps are adopted.

What does this mean for your community?

Flood maps only depict those areas subject to a 1% annual chance of flooding and do not reflect other flooding sources such as heavy rainfall or elevated groundwater levels. Floods can happen anywhere. Natural hazards and storms are a part of living on the Outer Banks and the sustainability of our community depends on managing flood hazards from all sources.

Dare County and its Towns recognize the importance of protecting our infrastructure, our homes and our businesses. We have joined efforts to educate the public on how to protect your home from flooding, to raise awareness on the importance of flood insurance, and to develop local elevation standards to protect our community for future generations.

In response to the maps, Dare County is considering the adoption of a local elevation standard to use in conjunction with the flood maps. The local elevation standard (LES) would apply additional freeboard amounts in AE flood zones and establish a regulatory flood elevation level for Shaded X and X zones where the natural grade is below a certain elevation.

These regulations would apply to the unincorporated areas of Dare County which include Martin’s Point, Colington, the Mainland villages, Roanoke Island (outside of the Manteo town limits) and Hatteras Island. The local towns of Manteo, Nags Head, Kill Devil Hills, Kitty Hawk, Southern Shores and Duck may also consider similar regulations.  For information on their efforts, you should contact the town directly.






  • surf123

    If you are no longer in a flood zone according to the “new” maps that must have been cooked up with the outside influence of realtors give strong consideration to not dropping it. Ask your neighbors, especially older ones who have lived here the majority of their lives. If you were not to experience Irene in 2011 you need to find out how high the water went near your house. I was flooded in Irene and my house is slightly above the “1% chance per year” height at 8’2″ for my AE8 zone. The water exceeded this by at least 18″, yet my zone has dropped to an AE4 putting me 4’2″ above the “1% chance per year”. The water flooded several houses closer to the ocean and eventually made it from the sound to dune line before the beach. The odd thing is neighbors two house over whose houses had water in them are no longer required to have flood insurance. If you did drop significantly get a new flood certificate as your rate should drop.

    Also, don’t think because you are closer to the sound or far away from the ocean that you are safe. It is counter intuitive to most, but the sound is where the water will most likely come from.

    That said there are places where the chance of a flooding from the ocean or sound or rainwater is all but impossible as they are significantly higher than flood stage at 10′ to 20′ or more.

    Monday, Jun 22 @ 10:42 am
  • Dethrol

    Wouldn’t it be a good idea to check the links in your published articles? The site the link takes you to doesn’t work, and hasn’t worked since you published it (at least). This isn’t your fault, but should be something examined and presented in the article. The banner on the site says it is still in development and only a draft and warns that the data should not be quoted or cited. The entire premise of the article is undermined since the public can’t get to the data. How about a piece of real investigative journalism to get the information, determine why it took so long, and question how the maps can be effective when the public can’t even see them.

    Monday, Jun 22 @ 11:35 am
  • hightider

    It doesn’t matter what some map says. Flooding is dependent on many conditions and your property may get flooded or not, depending on the storm, previous rainfall, wind direction and so on.

    Wednesday, Jun 24 @ 9:03 am