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Preliminary copies of updated Flood Insurance Rate Map (FIRM) panels and the Flood Insurance Study (FIS) Report (both dated April 2, 2003) have been issued to Franklin County and Incorporated Communities. The FIRM panels and FIS Report include the portion of the county located in the Neuse River Basin.
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.
Representatives from the North Carolina Floodplain Mapping Program will meet with officials from Franklin County to give them an overview of the process used to create the maps, an explanation of the values and benefits of the new maps, 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 North Carolina Floodplain Mapping Program. They will also go over descriptions of new map features, a detailed summary of map changes, how to use the new maps, and information on flood insurance implications, the map adoption process, and recommendations for safer floodplain development standards.
The Appeal Period open for commenting on the preliminary FIRM panels and FIS Report will last from April 16, 2003 through July 15, 2003 for the Neuse River Basin portion of Franklin County and Incorporated Communities.