FEMA flood maps effective June 19, 2020

Flooding is a natural occurrence during or after a storm event or heavy rain. Flooding can be dangerous and deadly. This annual community outreach is to help you understand the risks and responsibilities of living within or near a mapped, regulated floodplain.

 The Town of Duck, along with the other five municipalities and Dare County, joined together in a collaborative effort to provide information about flood risks on the Outer Banks and how to protect your property. The communities developed the “Low Risk” Is Not “No Risk” brochure along with a website (OBXFloodMaps.com or www.darenc.com/government/flood-maps).

Special Flood Hazard Areas (SFHA) are designated by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and delineated on the Flood Insurance Rate Maps (FIRM). The current effective flood maps for Dare County were adopted in 2006. The State of North Carolina and FEMA released updated preliminary flood maps in June 2016 for all of Dare County. Flood maps are generally updated every 10 years by FEMA. The flood study and adoption timeline are set by Federal law.  FEMA issued its letter of final map determination on December 19, 2019.  This means the new maps will become effective on June 19, 2020.

The 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 flood zones. Other properties that remain in flood zones may have lower base flood elevations. For example, a property located in the Town of Duck designated as AE7 on the 2006 maps may be re-designated as AE4 on the updated maps. To view the preliminary updated flood maps and for more information on flood protection visit the Town’s website at https://www.townofduck.com/community-development/floodplain-info/. In recognition of these changes and the challenges that the new maps present, the Town of Duck and the other municipalities in Dare County are considering the adoption of development standards that will maintain a minimum building elevation standard.  These proposed standards will be reviewed and considered by the Town of Duck Planning Board and Town Council in the coming months

The Town of Duck also wants to remind you that it maintains a Flood Map Information Service as part of its participation in the National Flood Insurance Program.  The Town maintains copies of current and previous Flood Insurance Rate Maps for areas within the Town’s incorporated limits and can determine if a structure is located within a Special Flood Hazard Area as well as the applicable flood zone and base flood elevation that applies to the property.  The Town can provide copies of FEMA Elevation Certificates for structures constructed since the Town’s incorporation in 2002 as well as some certificates maintained by Dare County for the Duck area prior to the Town’s incorporation.