On June 1, 2020, the Town Council updated the Town’s Flood Damage Prevention Ordinance which became effective immediately. The Town Council also adopted the new Flood Insurance Rate Maps (FIRMs). The adopted Flood Damage Prevention Ordinance can be found at https://www.southernshores-nc.gov/httpsouthernshores-nc-govsfloodprotection/ and the new FIRMS can be found at https://fris.nc.gov/fris/. Typically, FEMA requires local Flood Insurance Rate Maps (FIRMS) and Flood Ordinances to be updated every ten years. The previous FIRMs for Dare County and the Town of Southern Shores became effective on September 20, 2006. The new FIRMs were released on June 30, 2016 and become effective on June 19, 2020.
Town Staff and officials from Dare County and the other Municipalities met regularly as a CRS Users Group throughout the adoption process. Discussion primarily focused on public awareness of historical flooding, property owners dropping flood insurance policies vs. potential flood claims and their impact on local, State, and Federal levels, responsible building practices, and developing higher regulatory standards for construction. The adopted Ordinance contains a new minimum building elevation of eight (8) feet above mean sea level throughout the entire Town either through freeboard requirements or a local elevation standard of 8 feet in the AE, AO, Shaded X and X Zones. The VE Flood Zone is subject to the designated base flood elevation (BFE) on the FIRMs and a freeboard requirement in addition to the BFE.
Please contact the Town’s Planning and Code Enforcement Department at (252) 261-2394 ext. 3 should you have any questions regarding the new Ordinance and FIRMs.