Calculate your risk: New interactive flood map is now online

By on June 30, 2016

Debris from houses after Hurricane Irene in 2011. (The Voice)

Area owners can now see how their property is classified by the Federal Emergency Management Agency by linking to the first version of the new state floodplain maps, which were released today by the N.C. Flood Risk Information System.

Find your property by viewing the maps at the N.C. FRIS website. They are also accessible from Dare County with a short video explaining how to use the system and answers to frequently asked questions about the process.

To find out if the flood zone for your property has changed, you can check the current, effective flood map and the new, preliminary map at the N.C. FRIS website. If you live in or own property in unincorporated Dare County, you can also contact the Dare County Planning Department at 252-475-5873 for help.

If you live in or own property in Duck, Southern Shores, Kitty Hawk, Kill Devil Hills, Nags Head or Manteo, an you need help with the maps or classifications, contact the planning department in your municipality.

Typically, the map update process takes 18 to 24 months to complete once the preliminary maps are released, according to a Dare County statement.

“Certain procedures must be completed before the preliminary maps can be finalized. This includes a 90-day appeal period for the maps and a six-month compliance period in which local governments must adopt the new maps and update their local flood damage prevention ordinances,” the statement said.

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