Special Flood Hazard Area damage assessments begin Wednesday

Posted October 10, 2018 at 10:22 am     Category: Emergency NewsRecovery & Resilience

New Hanover County, NC – Officials from New Hanover County and FEMA will begin assessing buildings in Special Flood Hazard Areas for evidence of substantial damage from Hurricane Florence on Wednesday, October 10, as required by the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) and the county’s continued participation in the program.

“Preliminary damage assessments indicate approximately 250 structures in the Special Flood Hazard Areas have incurred damage from Hurricane Florence,” said New Hanover County Planning and Land Use Director Wayne Clark. “Teams will visit these properties so that owners can obtain the permit required for repairs or further development.”

The New Hanover County Flood Damage Prevention Ordinance requires that a Floodplain Development Permit be obtained before development activities, including repairs and rebuilding projects, take place within Special Flood Hazard Areas. The permit and damage assessment is required to make sure the value of the damage or improvement project can be documented. In addition, these assessments are required by law, so that property owners can purchase national flood insurance if they so choose.

The substantial damage assessments will begin today, and continue Monday through Saturday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Inspectors will require 15-30 minutes for residential buildings, and 30-90 minutes for non-residential buildings, to check interior and exterior damage. After the inspection, a written summary will be mailed to the property owners.

Residents can view the Special Flood Hazard Areas at http://fris.nc.gov/fris/.


New Hanover County has been declared a federal disaster area as a result of Hurricane Florence, so residents may be eligible for FEMA Individual Disaster Assistance. Residents who have been displaced from their home can also apply for FEMA’s housing assistance. For more information, visit DisasterAssistance.gov or call 1-800-621-3362. Visit EmergencyNHC.com for additional recovery and relief information.

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