New Wake County Digital Flood Maps Available for Review

Area residents and business leaders will have the opportunity to review and discuss Wake County’s latest flood hazard and flood risk data during a public meeting on Thursday, Oct. 8, from 6-8 p.m. at the Wake Forest Town Hall, 301 S. Brooks St. The event will have an open house format and will be held in town hall’s ground floor meeting room which is most easily accessed via the facility’s Taylor Street entrance.

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

Residents may also access the flood hazard data online at http://fris.nc.gov/fris/. Digital flood hazard data can also be obtained by calling the Wake County Environmental Services Department at 919-856-7541, or the North Carolina Floodplain Mapping Program (NCFMP) at 919-825-2341.  

The Oct. 8 public meeting will offer residents the opportunity to see the results of the revised studies and new flood hazard areas. County and municipal employees will be on hand to help attendees locate particular properties from the flood hazard data and determine their level of flood risk.

At approximately 6:30 p.m. representatives from the NCFMP will offer a brief presentation on the flood study process, along with 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 may also view 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. 

The North Carolina Floodplain Mapping Program was established in 2000 with a mandate to update flood hazard data for all 100 counties. Through a partnership with the Federal Emergency Management Agency (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. 

Please note that only those portions of the revised streams have been updated. As a result, select communities in Wake County will not have new flood hazard data, although adjacent counties may have updates due to the seamless statewide format for the mapping program. 

For more information on an individual property’s flood risk, visit http://fris.nc.gov/fris/

For more information on the public meeting, contact Wake County Watershed Manager Betsy Pearce at 919-856-7541; Raleigh Stormwater Manager Ben Brown at 919-996-3940; Wake Forest Assistant Planning Director Chad Sary at 919-435-9514; or North Carolina Floodplain Mapping Program Outreach Coordinator Randy Mundt at 919-825-2339.

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