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New Hyde County digital flood maps to be available at public meetings

As were many other village streets, Irvin Garrish Highway was a river after Hurricane Matthew passed Ocracoke Oct. 9. Photo by Byron Miller

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Residents and business leaders in Hyde County will be able to review and discuss the latest flood hazard and flood risk data in meetings to be held on the mainland and Ocracoke March 28 to 29.

Ocracoke residents can view these data in the Community Center at 5 p.m. Wednesday, March 29.

The presentation will show digital flood hazard data layered on top of the county’s parcel data so property owners can better determine potential risks to their land.

This is revised flood hazard areas, according to a Hyde County press release. 

County and municipal employees will be on hand to help residents locate particular properties from the flood hazard data and determine their level of flood risk.

Representatives from the North Carolina Floodplain Mapping Program 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 also may 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.

Digital flood hazard data also can be viewed by calling Hyde County Building Inspections at 252-926-4372, or the North Carolina Floodplain Mapping Program (NCFMP) at 919-825-2302. Flood data can also be accessed online at http://fris.nc.gov/fris/.

A similar meeting will be held on the mainland at 5 p.m. March 28 in the county multi-service room in the Hyde County Services Center, 30 Oyster Creek Rd., Swan Quarter.

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 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. 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.

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