Public Notice

Public Notice

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).

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).

To view the current effective maps or the preliminary maps on the State’s website, visit the 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.

Brunswick County will be scheduling a public hearing about these changes, and a public informational workshop will be held on July 10, 2018 at 6 p.m. in the County Commissioners Chambers, at 30 Government Center Drive in Bolivia, NC.

For more information about the proposed changes to the Flood Maps and the Flood Damage Prevention Ordinance, click here.

June 15 Update on GenX and Brunswick County


As the investigation into the presence of the chemical GenX in the Cape Fear River progresses, Brunswick County public health officials are remaining in close contact with state officials from both the Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) and the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS). Environmental regulators from DEQ will be collecting new water samples from the Cape Fear River and within several affected water systems soon that should provide additional information on the presence of low concentrations of GenX. They are also working closely with the U. S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the lead agency responsible for establishing drinking water standards, to establish guidance on GenX.

“The health and safety of our citizens is our highest priority,” said Cris Harrelson, Brunswick County Health Director. “We strongly support the efforts of our state and federal partners to collect new information on GenX and provide guidance on its safety limits within drinking water supplies. We will keep our citizens informed as we learn of new information.”

More information on GenX and the continuing investigation can be found at