Updated Flood Maps Available

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 releases the first version of new coastal floodplain maps for Dare County.
The preliminary maps may be viewed online at http://fris.nc.gov/fris/. The maps are also accessible along with a short video explaining how to view property using the system and answers to frequently asked questions regarding the process at http://www.darenc.com/departments/geographical-information-systems-gis/flood-maps.
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. Or if you live in or own property in unincorporated Dare County you may contact the Dare County Planning Department at 252-475-5873 and Planning staff will assist you with identification of the flood zone for your property.
If you live in or own property in the Town of Duck, Southern Shores, Kitty Hawk, Kill Devil Hills, Nags Head or Manteo, contact the planning department in your municipality 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.