new flood zone maps good news for the OBX
For decades the Outer Banks was viewed as ground zero for catastrophic flood risk, but new mapping technology and research tell a very different story. This article from WUNC’s Eric Mennel does a great job of explaining what is happening and why.
“There is a significant number of properties coming out of the flood zone on the coast,” said John Dorman, director of the state’s flood mapping division, in the Department of Public Safety.
In a presentation prepared by officials at the floodplain mapping program, preliminary maps show the majority of coastal counties having a net decrease in properties in the two flood hazard zones; The VE and AE zones.”