Information About New Flood Maps and Flood Ordinance Changes
Brunswick County is considering adopting new flood maps and amending the County’s Flood Damage Prevention Ordinance, to participate in the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP).
Brunswick County has scheduled a public hearing about these changes, to be held at 6 p.m. on Monday, July 16 in the Commissioners’ chambers (public hearing details can be found here).
In addition to the public hearing, a public informational workshop will be held regarding the flood map and ordinance changes on July 10, 2018 from 6:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m., located in the County Commissioners Chambers at 30 Government Center Drive, Bolivia, NC.
In addition to the public informational workshop, anyone wishing to research information regarding the flood maps and ordinance changes can obtain assistance during normal business hours at 75 Courthouse Drive, Building I, Bolivia, NC, in the Code Administration Department.
FEMA regularly updates Flood Insurance Rate Maps (FIRMs) using studies to improve the maps and ensure their accuracy. The last maps FEMA approved for our area were adopted in 2006; since then, FEMA has worked to study and improve these maps. Now that FEMA has approved updated maps, Brunswick County can adopt them and continue to participate in the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP).
The current Flood Insurance Rate Maps (FIRMs) and Flood Damage Prevention Ordinance that are in place for Brunswick County were adopted June 2, 2006. The preliminary Flood Insurance Rate Maps (FIRMs) and Flood Insurance Study (FIS) were issued by FEMA on March 31, 2015 with a 90-day appeals period to submit Technical Information on flood elevations. All the appeals submitted during the appeal period were resolved and FEMA issued a Letter of Final Determination on February 28, 2018, which states the preliminary maps and ordinance will become effective on August 28, 2018.
View Maps and Ordinance
To view the current effective maps or the preliminary maps, visit the State’s Flood Risk Information System (FRIS)- Flood Maps, which will automatically show the current effective maps. To view the preliminary maps, in the top right corner of the page, click on “Effective” and change to “Preliminary.” This will allow the viewer to see the maps being adopted on August 28, 2018.
If you have any further questions, please contact Brunswick County Floodplain Administration at 910.253.2046 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
If Brunswick County Did Not Adopt the Proposed Changes, Then:
- Flood insurance would no longer be available. No building owner would be able to purchase a new flood insurance policy or renew an existing flood insurance policy.
- No Federal Grants or Loans for structures would be made in identified flood hazards areas. This includes all Federal agencies such as Housing and Urban Development (HUD), Economic Development Administration (EDA), Small
Business Administration (SBA), and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).
- No Federal disaster assistance would be provided to repair or replace structures in identified flood hazard areas for any flood-related damages. This includes FHA, the Farmers Home Administration and the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA).
- Conventional Mortgages. Lenders would make loans on structures in identified flood hazard areas of not-participating communities, but they:
a. would be required to notify the buyer or lessee that the property is in flood hazard area;
b. would be required to notify the buyer or lessee that the property in a flood hazard area is not eligible for Federal disaster relief in a flood-related declared disaster.
- Loss of subsidized insurance for older structures. Actuarial rates would go into effect regardless of a community’s status in the program. Lacking proper controls, insurance premiums on non-compliant construction could prove prohibitive and
affect future property salability and values. Such a condition would be triggered by a community’s re-entry in the program at a later date.