Public Notice

Public Notice

Information About New Flood Maps and Flood Ordinance Changes

06.13.2018

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.

Updated: Rumor Control: Brunswick County Public Utilities Rates

10.05.2017

A misleading chart comparing the rates of local water utilities has been circulating online in recent days.  The example provided in this chart suggests that Brunswick County Public Utilities customers pay 19.2% more than H2G0 customers.  This figure is based upon combined water and sewer rates for 3,000 gallons of usage.

Water Rates and Combined Water and Sewer Rates for Brunswick County Utilities and H2Go (Click to Enlarge)

However, consumers should be most concerned about the total cost of services which may include water, sewer AND irrigation or water only.

The chart being circulated fails to mention that H2GO charges an irrigation meter base fee of $14.00 monthly, and that the majority of county customers connected to sewer have an irrigation meter.  The county does not charge a monthly irrigation base fee.  Furthermore, when considering combined water, sewer and irrigation fees for 3,000 gallons of usage, Brunswick County Public Utilities customers pay $60.15 while H2GO customers pay $62.63.

Brunswick County Government is disappointed in this distribution of misleading information.  We will continue to be transparent with all Brunswick County citizens by releasing accurate information, while correcting any misleading information that becomes public.

Update: Oct. 6, 2017

Water, sewer and irrigation charges at different rates of usage (click to enlarge).

Several residents have had questions about usage rates higher than 3,000 gallons, so we thought a more extensive chart might help. This chart shows water, sewer and irrigation charges individually, and the combined rate for all three, at five different levels of usage.