Watauga County, North Carolina Flood Maps Available for Review

November 19, 2008

On Monday, Nov. 24, the residents and business community of Watauga County will be able to review and ask questions about preliminary copies of newly updated flood insurance rate maps for the county which drains into the New and Yadkin River basins.

The Nov. 24 public meeting provides an opportunity residents to see the results of the advanced digital technology used to create the new flood maps. County and local officials will be on hand to help residents locate particular properties on the maps and determine their level of flood risk. Representatives from the North Carolina Floodplain Mapping Program will make a presentation and state and Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) representatives will be available to answer questions about the mapping process, flood insurance coverage, and floodplain management topics.

The maps will be on display beginning at 6 p.m.; a presentation on the material will begin at 6:30 p.m. in the Watauga County Commissioners’ Board Room, located at 814 West King Street in Boone.

Digital versions of the Watauga County preliminary maps are currently available for public review on the North Carolina Floodplain Mapping website at www.ncfloodmaps.com. Watauga County residents who visit the site will find an ‘address locator tool’ to help them locate individual properties and see their relationship to mapped flood prone areas. Other tools are available to assist them with viewing and downloading digital data from the website.

Source: North Carolina Floodplain Mapping Program

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