By Submitted Story on June 21, 2020
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.
For example, a property designated AE8 on the 2006 maps may be designated as AE4 on the updated maps.
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.
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.