Rose Lane closed off with yellow tape because of flooding

Updated Floodplain Regulations to Help Keep Flooding From Getting Worse Over Time

New floodplain requirements going into effect April 2022

We have approved new regulations that limit development in the floodplain. The floodplain is the area next to a creek or river that floods. Having less development in the floodplain will help preserve 1,545 acres of land. This means that open, green space near a creek will allow water to flow in the floodplain without impacting buildings on a property and putting people at risk when it rains.

The change in regulation will directly impact about 400 properties in the floodplain that aren't developed. Developed properties and properties that are 0.5 acres or less are exempt from the new regulations.

The regulations will go into effect in April 2022 after new federal floodplain maps are released

New requirements will help reduce...

  1. Severity of flooding. Flooding is not as bad when water has more room to flow and soak into the ground.
  2. Chances of property damage from floodwater since structures will not be in the floodplain.
  3. Instances of emergency rescue since fewer people will be in harm’s way.

Learn more about the floodplain regulations and community resources

What’s a Floodplain?

A floodplain is the area next to a creek or river that floods. Learn about the best ways to stay safe in this area and the natural benefits the floodplain has on the environment.

Contact

 

Ben Brown, PE
Stormwater Administrator 
919-996-3515

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