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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.

The proposed newest floodplain map shows some of the building that could be removed from the hazard zone. Some are homes, others are restaurants and businesses. Credit NC Department of Public Safety

The proposed newest floodplain map shows some of the building that could be removed from the hazard zone. Some are homes, others are restaurants and businesses.
Credit NC Department of Public Safety

“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.”

To read the complete article, click HERE.

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