Citizens may view new flood maps provided by the North Carolina Floodplain Mapping Program, which is part of the North Carolina Department of Public Safety. In Currituck County, the maps show a significant change in the number of structures located in a special flood hazard area.
The new flood maps will be effective for insurance purposes on Friday, December 21, 2018. The County is currently in the 6 month adoption and compliance period and is required to update the Flood Damage Prevention section of the Unified Development Ordinance.
Citizens should be aware that even though property is no longer within an identified flood zone, it is still at risk because Currituck County is in a low-lying coastal area. Property owners in Currituck are encouraged to consider maintaining flood insurance through the National Flood Insurance Program.
The Floodplain Mapping Program’s study of the flood hazard risk in Currituck County includes coastal storm surge data and coastline surveys. The study includes 29 miles of coastline and 93.5 miles of rivers. According to the results, Currituck County has a significant decrease in the number of properties located within the 100-year floodplain.
In Currituck, the number of “V-Zone” properties, those within the 100-year floodplain that are susceptible to potential damage from waves that are 3′ or greater, fell from 1,097 to 126. Overall, the number of “A-Zone” properties, those within the 100-year floodplain, fell from 7,020 to 2,767.
If you would more information on local flood hazards or the National Flood Insurance Program, please contact Currituck Planning & Community Development at 252-232-3055.