Area residents, property owners and businesses can see how their property is classified by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) when the N.C. Flood Risk Information System released the first version of new coastal floodplain maps for Dare County on Thursday, June 30.
To determine whether the flood zone for your property has changed, you can check both the current, effective flood map and the new, preliminary map at the NC FRIS website listed above.
You can also contact the Town Planning department staff at 252-261-3552 for assistance identifying the flood zone for your property.
Typically, the map update process takes 18 to 24 months to complete once the preliminary maps are released. Certain procedures must be completed before the preliminary maps can be finalized — this includes a 90-day appeal period for the maps and a 6-month compliance period in which local governments must adopt the new maps and update their local flood damage prevention ordinances. The process is established by FEMA in cooperation with the NC Floodplain Mapping Program.
Until the new maps are fully adopted, the flood maps dated September 20, 2006 will continue to be the regulatory maps in effect in Kitty Hawk.
The formal public comments period on the preliminary flood maps for Dare County is scheduled to begin in the Fall of 2016. The Town of Kitty Hawk will work to notify residents of the meeting schedule once established.