**New Catham County Floodplain Maps for Review**
The North Carolina Floodplain Mapping Program (NCFMP) has preliminary Flood Insurance Rate Maps (FIRM) for Chatham County available for the public to reveiw. The Town of Cary will be hosting a meeting on December 10, 2013 from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. at Fire Station Number Eight located at the intersection of Mills Park Drive and Green Levle Church Road (408 Mills Park Drive). The meeting will start with maps being on display at 4 p.m. followed by a presentation at 5:30 p.m. by NCFMP staff. Staff from NCFMP, Chatham County and the Town of Cary will be available to answer questions regarding the maps and the mapping process.
Digital Vesions of the FIRM's are available online at http://rfris.nc.gov/fris/. To view the changes in the Ctatham County maps since the last FIRM was published toggle between the Effective and Preliminary Firm and then turn on the "Changes since last FIRM" layer. There is a map legend to provide information on the maps and what the color changes represent.
The Federal Emergency Management Association (FEMA) designates floodplains based upon the frequency of potential flooding. The Town of
The Town's floodplain ordinance prohibits development in designated flood-prone areas to protect property owners and allow those floodplains to function naturally.
Flood insurance and federal assistance such as mortgage loans and grants are only available in communities that participate in the National Floodplain Mapping Program and have a floodplain ordinance that meets federal standards.
A floodplain is that land which has been or may be covered by floodwater during a storm event. The floodplain includes the floodway and floodfringe areas.
The floodway is the channel of a river, stream or drainageway, and those portions of the floodplain adjoining the channel required to carry the runoff from a storm event. The floodway is the most dangerous part of the floodplain -- it is associated with moving water.
The floodfringe is the portion of the floodplain outside of the floodway, which is covered by flood water during the a storm event. The term "floodfringe" is generally associated with standing water rather than flowing water.
Standard property insurance does not cover flood damage. If your home is located in a federally-designated floodplain, your mortgage company will require that you have flood insurance. If there is a mapped floodplain on your property, it should be shown on your property survey.
The National Flood Insurance Program allows property owners to buy federally-backed flood insurance. In return for this protection, communities enact measures to reduce flood risks to new development.
Federally-backed flood insurance is available for all buildings, whether the buildings are in a regulated floodplain or not. Flood insurance covers direct losses caused by surface flooding.
The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) establishes flood zones for higher risk areas. The purpose is to determine where flood insurance is required. In partnership with FEMA, North Carolina became the first state to assume responsibility for floodplain mapping. The project includes analyzing flood hazards and producing updated, digital flood maps.
Floodplain maps for Cary and its extra-territorial, or planning jurisdiction, are available at Town Hall in paper and digital form. To see them, contact:
More on Flood Hazard Mapping
See FEMA's flood mapping information categorized for homeowners, insurers, lenders, and surveyors. Learn how to read flood insurance rate maps, how to challenge a lender's determination that your property is in a flood zone, and more.
For general floodplain information:
Town of Cary GIS Maps
NC Flood Maps
Flood insurance information:
Information on the National Flood Insurance Program (FEMA)
National Flood Insurance Program (Official Web site)
How to read flood insurance rate maps (FEMA)