Mecklenburg 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 October 10, 2007) have been issued to Mecklenburg County and Incorporated Communities.

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 Mecklenburg 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.

The initial Comment Period open for commenting on the preliminary FIRM panels and FIS Report lasted from October 10, 2007 to November 9, 2007 for Mecklenburg County and Incorporated Communities. An additional Comment Period open for commenting on the preliminary FIRM panels and FIS Report lasted from January 8, 2008 to February 5, 2008 for Mecklenburg County and Incorporated Communities.