Flood Prevention, Protection, Maps & Other Flood-Related Information

Low Risk Is Not No Risk

FEMA along with the State of North Carolina has released updated flood maps for all of Dare County. Flood maps serve as the cornerstone for floodplain management. The updated maps are scheduled to be effective on June 19, 2020.  

The updated maps feature significant changes from the 2006 flood maps. A large number of properties in Kill Devil Hills are being reclassified to Shaded X or X “low risk” flood zone properties and the base flood elevations are decreasing. FEMA defines the Base Flood Elevation (BFE) as the computed elevation to which the flood is anticipated to rise during the base flood. 

The new maps DO NOT reflect flood risk and the historic flooding in the Town of Kill Devil Hills. Many of the reclassified properties have historically experienced flooding.

In recognition of these changes and the challenges that the new maps present, the Town of Kill Devil Hills and the other municipalities in Dare County are proposing the adoption of a flood damage prevention ordinance, that will maintain a minimum building elevation standard. The proposed ordinance will be reviewed and considered by the Town of Kill Devil Hills Board of Commissioners.

Kill Devil Hills Proposed 2020 Flood Damage Prevention Ordinance 


Proposed Ordinance 

Summary or Changes Reflected in the Proposed Ordinance 

Know Your Zone

Learn about flood risks on the Outer Banks and how to protect your property by reviewing the Know Your Zone Brochure and visiting OBXFloodMaps.com

Check your flood zone designation at NC FRIS --  http://fris.nc.gov/fris/

Low Risk Is Not No Risk- Myth vs. Fact

Flood Zones in Dare County

1 Inch Water Equals 21,000 In Property Damage
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