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Franklin County Receives New Flood Insurance Rate Maps

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Preliminary copies of updated Digital Flood Insurance Rate Map (DFIRM) panels and the Flood Insurance Study (FIS) Report (both dated January 20, 2010) have been issued to Franklin County and Incorporated Communities. The Special Flood Hazard Areas of Granville, Vance, and Wake Counties have also been impacted by this revision; updated DFIRM panels and FIS Reports with the same date have been issued to these counties. A Preliminary Meeting for county and municipal officials and staff, and congressional and legislative members, will take place on July 15, 2010, from 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM, in the Franklin County Board of Commissioner’s Meeting Room. The residents of Franklin, Granville, Vance, and Wake Counties will have an opportunity to see the results of the advanced digital floodplain mapping technology used to create the new maps during the public meeting to be held in August 2010.

In 2000, the State of North Carolina, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), and numerous other federal, state, and local agencies entered into the first Cooperating Technical State (CTS) agreement, whereby the state assumed primary ownership of and responsibility for the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) maps for all North Carolina communities. This project included conducting flood hazard analyses and producing updated Flood Insurance Study (FIS) reports and Digital Flood Insurance Rate Maps (DFIRMs) for all 100 counties in the state. Now that all counties in the state have received their FIS Reports and DFIRMs in the new digital statewide format, the North Carolina Floodplain Mapping Program (NCFMP) has moved into a map maintenance phase.

During the map maintenance phase, revisions will be based primarily on a stream-centric approach. Rather than large countywide map revisions that require numerous panel updates, smaller revisions that include only the panels affected by the revised streams will be processed as Physical Map Revisions (PMRs). Because these revisions are stream-specific rather than county-specific, it is likely that multiple counties will be affected by a particular PMR. Each effected county will receive only the panels revised as part of the PMR, but the FIS Reports and DFIRM databases will continue to be produced on a countywide basis.

During the meeting to be held on July 15, 2010, attendees will receive an overview of the map maintenance phase, an explanation of the values and benefits of the new maps, an overview of the post-preliminary process, and information regarding the North Carolina Floodplain Mapping Information System that will allow local officials and the general public to access the new maps on-line via a website maintained by the NCFMP. Also included will be a detailed summary of map changes, a short "how-to" session on using the new maps, and information on flood insurance implications, the map adoption process, and recommendations for safer floodplain development standards.

The Appeal Periods for commenting on the preliminary DFIRM panels and FIS Report for the counties affected by this revision are as follows:

• Franklin County and Incorporated Communities – May 26, 2010 – August 26, 2010
• Wake County and Incorporated Communities – July 1, 2010 – September 28, 2010