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National Flood Insurance Program

Floodplain management is a process that aims to achieve reduced losses due to flooding. It takes on many forms, but is realized through a series of federal, state, and local programs and regulations, in concert with industry practice, to identify flood risk, implement methods to protect man-made development from flooding, and protect the natural and beneficial functions of floodplains.

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Frequently Asked Questions

When are my preliminary maps going effective?

The map release process involves multiple steps of public notification and review. Comments and appeals can take time to resolve. Also, the federal notification requirements through the Federal Register can take several months at a time. To get the most up-to-date estimate for map release, please contact your local floodplain administrator or your NFIP Regional Planner.

How do I determine if I’m in a Non-Encroachment Area?

Unlike floodways, non-encroachment areas are not shown on the regulatory maps. However, they are regulated similar to floodways along limited detail streams. In order to determine the dimensions of the non-encroachment area, you will need to review the “Limited Detail Flood Hazard Data” under the FIS Report Tab on the FRIS website or in the FIS Report itself. Some counties have non-encroachment areas mapped, and these can be accessed under the “Layers” (Map Contents) at the top of the FRIS page. Link to Limited Detail Study Fact Sheet

Where can I find a Certified Floodplain Manager or Surveyor?

Certified Floodplain Managers can be found at the North Carolina Association of Floodplain Managers web site. Certified Floodplain Surveyors can be found at the North Carolina Society of Surveyors web site.