Carteret County Receives New Flood Insurance Rate Maps

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Preliminary copies of updated Flood Insurance Rate Map (FIRM) panels and the Flood Insurance Study (FIS) Report (both dated December 9, 2002) have been issued to Carteret County and Incorporated Communities. The FIRM panels and FIS Report include the portion of the county located in the Neuse River Basin.

One panel in the Town of Emerald Isle was issued revised preliminary on December 9, 2002. A slight revision was made to the open coast Special Flood Hazard Area on the barrier island.

The new maps were produced by the State of North Carolina under a unique partnership with the Federal Emergency Management Agency. This partnership, signed September 2000, designates North Carolina as a Cooperating Technical State and delegates the primary responsibility for the creation and maintenance of all FIRMs to the State of North Carolina. The remapping of all floodplains for Franklin County is the result of the devastation caused by Hurricane Floyd, which flooded thousands of square miles of eastern North Carolina and left thousands of people homeless. This disaster highlighted North Carolina's vulnerability to natural disasters and the need for accurate, up-to-date floodplain maps.

Due to the fact that no changes were made to the Base Flood Elevations (BFEs) as a result of the new study, there will not be an appeal period for the Neuse River Basin portion of Carteret County. The preliminary copies of the FIRM panels and the FIS Reports were issued on December 9, 2002 and the entire County will be finalized together to become effective on July 16, 2003.