Monday, August 24, 2015

New Granville County Digital Flood Maps Available for Review

Aug 24, 2015

On Wednesday, Sept. 16, residents and business leaders in Granville County will have an opportunity to review and discuss the latest flood hazard and flood risk data.

Available digitally, preliminary flood hazard information can be layered on top of the county’s parcel data so property owners can better determine potential risks to their land. Residents can see the maps between 5 and 7 p.m. at the Granville County Expo and Convention Center Meeting Room located at 4185 US Highway 15 South in Oxford.

Residents can access the

flood hazard data online

. Digital flood hazard data also can be viewed by calling the Granville County Planning Department at 919-603-1331 or the North Carolina Floodplain Mapping Program (NCFMP) at 919-715-5711.

The September 16 public meeting will provide an opportunity for residents to see the results of the revised studies and new flood hazard areas. County and municipal employees will be on hand to help residents locate particular properties from the flood hazard layer and determine their level of flood risk. Representatives from the NCFMP will also be available to answer questions about the flood hazard update process, flood insurance coverage and floodplain management. Attendees also may see a demonstration of the North Carolina Flood Risk Information System.

The North Carolina Floodplain Mapping Program was established in 2000 with a mandate to update flood maps for all 100 counties. Through a partnership with the Federal Emergency Management Agency, the state was charged with creating and maintaining the flood insurance maps for all North Carolina communities. Since 2003, the NCFMP has analyzed, updated and digitized the flood data for all 100 counties and associated communities. The latest flood map updates are based on recent studies and local input.

Only those portions of the map that have been affected by revised streams have been updated. Therefore, some communities in the county will not have new flood hazard data, although adjacent counties may have some updates.

For more information on an individual property’s flood risk, visit


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: For more information on the public meeting, contact Barry Baker, Granville County floodplain administrator, 919-603-1331 or Randy Mundt, State Mapping Program outreach coordinator, 919-825-2339.