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Review Draft Floodplain Maps at Local Public Meetings

Residents and business leaders in Wake County communities can review and discuss the latest flood hazard and flood risk maps at four public meetings during the month of October.

Now available digitally, preliminary flood hazard information is layered on top of the county's parcel data so property owners can better determine potential risks to their land.

Open house events will be held at the following locations:

Monday, October 5, 5–7 p.m.
Thursday, October 8, 6–8 p.m.
Holly Springs Cultural Center Wake Forest Town Hall
300 W. Ballentine St., Holly Springs   301 S. Brooks St., Wake Forest
Wednesday, October 7, 7–9 p.m. Thursday, October 15, 4–8 p.m.
Barwell Park Community Center Bond Park Community Center
5857 Barwell Park Drive, Raleigh 801 High House Road, Cary

he public meetings provide 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 their particular properties from the flood hazard data and determine the level of flood risk.

Representatives from the North Carolina Floodplain Mapping Program (NCFMP) will make a short presentation on the flood study process, how the new digital hazard data can be used to reduce future flood losses, and how the preliminary hazard data may impact flood insurance and floodplain management.

Attendees will also see a demonstration of the North Carolina Flood Risk Information System. Following the presentation, state emergency management representatives will be available to answer questions about the hazard data update process, flood insurance coverage and floodplain management.

NCFMP was established in 2000, with a mandate to update flood hazard maps 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. Only those portions of the revised streams have been updated; 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.

Residents can access the flood hazard data online at http://fris.nc.gov/fris.  Digital flood hazard data can also be viewed here.  For more information, contact Wake County Environmental Services at 919-856-7541 or the North Carolina Floodplain Mapping Program at 919-825-2341.

For more information on the public meetings, contact:

Betsy Pearce, Wake County Floodplain Administrator, 919-856-7541

Darin EysterHolly Springs Stormwater Administrator  919-557-2921

Ben Brown, Raleigh Floodplain Administrator, 919-996-3940

Chad Sary, Wake Forest Assistant Planning Director,  919-435-9514

Dan Clinton, Town of Cary Floodplain Manager, 919-380-2773

Randy Mundt, North Carolina Floodplain Mapping Outreach Coordinator, 919-825-2339





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