RALEIGH – On Thursday, May 19th, residents and business leaders in Washington County, The Towns of Creswell, Plymouth, and Roper will be able to review and discuss the latest flood hazard and flood risk data.
Now available digitally, preliminary flood hazard information can be layered on top of the county’s parcel data so property owners can better determine potential risks to their land. On Thursday, May 19th, the digital flood hazard data will be shown at the Planning Board Meeting at 1pm at the Creswell Townhall, located at 104 S. 6th St Creswell, NC 27928.
Residents also can access the flood hazard data online at http://fris.nc.gov/fris/. Digital flood hazard data also can be viewed by calling the Washington County Planning and Inspections at (252)793-4114 or the North Carolina Floodplain Mapping Program (NCFMP) at (919)715-5711.
The May 19th public meeting provides an opportunity for residents to see the results of the revised studies and new flood hazard areas. County and municipal employees will be on hand to help residents locate particular properties from the flood hazard data and determine their level of flood risk. Representatives from the NCFMP will be available to answer questions about the hazard data update process, flood insurance coverage and floodplain management.
The North Carolina Floodplain Mapping Program was established in 2000 with a mandate to update flood hazard data for all 100 counties. Through a partnership with FEMA, the state was charged with creating and maintaining the Flood Insurance Study for all North Carolina communities. Since 2003 the NCFMP has analyzed, updated and digitized the flood hazard data for all 100 counties and associated communities in North Carolina. This preliminary flood hazard data was developed based on local community requests for new flood hazard risk studies for the updated streams. Please note that only those portions of the revised streams have been updated including some portions of unincorporated Washington County, The Towns of Creswell, Plymouth, and Roper. Therefore, some communities in the county will not have new flood hazard data, although adjacent counties may have some updates due to the seamless statewide format for the mapping program.
For more information on an individual property’s flood risk, visit http://fris.nc.gov/fris/.