State Overhaul of Flood Maps

Sometimes it seems like flooded homes are an unavoidable part of life in North Carolina. The state, however, is working to change that. North Carolina is partnering with the Federal Emergency Management Agency to update the state's floodplain maps. The state is about half way through the estimated $65,000,000 process. The current phase of updates focuses on many Eastern Carolina counties. Hertford County for example is using maps from 1978. Beaufort County recently updated its maps. Emergency management director, George Sullivan says it was an important change for Beaufort County. He says the new maps will help prevent property loss and keep residents safer than they were with the previous maps made in the 1970's. For more information on flood maps where you live just click on the following link: