New Hanover County Completes Annual Floodplain Management and Mitigation Report

Flooding in Carolina Beach (Photo: WWAY)

NEW HANOVER COUNTY, North Carolina (WWAY) — New Hanover County has completed its annual progress report detailing mitigation efforts related to floodplain management in Cape Fear.

The county says the annual report demonstrates county strategies for reducing floodplain risk, as well as ensuring homeowners can benefit from reduced flood insurance rates.

Now that the report is complete, the county will submit it to the insurance services office.

The County’s 2022 Progress Report describes the county’s approach to floodplain management and is part of the annual National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) Community Rating System recertification process.

“Although a voluntary incentive program, New Hanover County has participated in the NFIP Community Rating System since 1991 to demonstrate our commitment to providing our citizens with exceptional service and value on their insurance against flooding,” County Executive Chris Coudriet said. “Through a team effort between county officials and other partners in our region, we are working diligently to ensure we go beyond the minimum requirements of the NFIP. This means our residents save money on their flood insurance premiums while the community as a whole benefits from a comprehensive floodplain management plan that helps prevent damage from floods and other disasters. .

New Hanover County participation and the good rating of a Class 7 entitles eligible homeowners in unincorporated areas of the county to receive a discount on flood insurance premiums in flood hazard areas. Flood Specials Designated by FEMA.

The Southeast North Carolina Regional Risk Mitigation Plan is reviewed every five years and adopted in March 2021. The plan is a collaboration with New Hanover County, La city ​​of Wilmington, the beach towns of Caroline, Kure and Wrightsville and the counties of Brunswick, Pender and Onslow. , and nearly half of the strategies described are directly related to floodplain management.

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