In September, 2000, North Carolina, in partnership with the Federal Emergency Management Agency, began remapping the state’s floodplains using advanced digital floodpain mapping technology. Since then, flood maps for all 100 counties have been revised and are scheduled to be updated, on average, every five years.
The NC Floodplain Mapping Program has recently released Preliminary flood maps for Brunswick, New Hanover and Pender Counties. For an early look, visit http://rfris.nc.gov/fris/Home. aspx?ST=NC
Once on the NC map, you can use the right hand menu to switch between “Effective” and “Preliminary.” This allows direct comparison of the present and proposed maps. (Pictured above)
The maps will be subject to a 90-day public review by the local communities and public comment. After the comment period expires, the maps any revisions will be considered. After any proposed revisions are reviewed and remapped, the maps will only take effect when adopted and implemented by the local government. The local government will then have 6 months to adopt the maps. If not adopted, FEMA will automatically drop the community from the NFIP and existing flood policies will not be renewable.