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Watauga 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 August 20, 2008) have been issued to Watauga County and Incorporated Communities. The FIRM panels and FIS Report include the portion of the county located in the New and Yadkin River basins. A Preliminary Meeting for county and municipal officials and staff, and congressional and legislative members will take place on October 9, 2008, from 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM, in the Watauga County Board of Commissionersí Room. The residents of Watauga County 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 November 2008.

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 Watauga County is the result of the devastation caused by Hurricanes Frances and Ivan which flooded thousands of square miles of North Carolina and left thousands of people homeless. These disasters highlighted North Carolina's vulnerability to natural disasters and the need for accurate, up-to-date floodplain maps.

During the meeting on October 9, 2008, attendees will receive 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. Also included will be descriptions of new map features, 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 Period open for commenting on the preliminary FIRM panels and FIS Report will last from October 15, 2008 through January 12, 2009 for New and Yadkin River Basin portions of Watauga County and Incorporated Communities.