Wayne 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 13, 2004) have been issued to Wayne County and Incorporated Communities. The FIRM panels and FIS Report include the portion of the county located in the Cape Fear 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 Wayne 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.

Preliminary and public meetings will not be held for this issuance. Please contact John Dorman or Ed Curtis of the North Carolina Floodplain Mapping Program at 919-715-8000 with any questions or concerns.

The Appeal Period open for commenting on the preliminary FIRM panels and FIS Report will last from August 27, 2004 through November 26, 2004 for Wayne County and Incorporated Communities.