Durham Hosts FEMA Revised Floodplain Map Public Meeting
Appeal Period for Revised Mapping Now Underway Until October 3
DURHAM, N.C. – Durham property owners whose flood insurance rates may be affected by
recently revised floodplain mapping should mark their calendars now to attend a meeting later
this month to learn more about the changes.
The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) released its preliminary revised
floodplain mapping for the City of Durham and Durham County in April 2015. Studies were
conducted on approximately half of the flooding sources, such as streams and rivers,
throughout Durham. The studies indicate approximately 146 buildings have been added and
another 271 buildings have been removed from the FEMA mapped floodplain. In addition,
regulatory floodplain elevations will change on developed and undeveloped properties. Property
owners have from now until October 3, 2016, to appeal to FEMA if they believe their property
has been inaccurately assessed in the preliminary studies.
To help Durham property owners understand the revised mapping, how it may affect their flood
insurance rates and the appeals process, a public meeting is set for Thursday, July 28, 2016,
from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the Durham County Human Services Building Conference Room A,
located at 414 E. Main St.
Staff with the City of Durham Public Works Department Stormwater and GIS Services Division
and the Durham County Engineering and Environmental Services Department will be on hand to
answer questions and explain the mapping changes.
For more information about FEMA’s revised floodplain mapping, contact Civil Engineer Graham
Summerson with the City’s Stormwater and GIS Services Division at (919) 560-4326, extension
30287 or by email. Residents may also contact Stormwater and Erosion Control Division
Manager Ryan Eaves with Durham County Engineering and Environmental Services
Department at (919) 560-7992 or by email.
Persons who require assistance to attend this meeting should call (919) 560-4197, TTY (919)
560-1200, or email no later than 48 hours before the event.
About the Public Works Department Stormwater and GIS Services Division
The Stormwater and GIS Services Division with the City of Durham Public Works Department is
guided by the City’s Strategic Plan goals of Stewardship of City’s Physical and Environmental
Assets as well as Innovative and High-Performing Organization. Activities include storm
drainage design and plans review; inspecting and maintaining City-owned drainage systems;
enforcing stormwater ordinances and regulations; education and outreach; stream monitoring,
restoration, and watershed master planning; maintaining multiple layers of the City’s geographic
information; and stormwater billing. To learn more, visit the Web page, like on Facebook, and
follow on Twitter.
About the Durham County Engineering and Environmental Services Department
The mission of the Durham County Engineering and Environmental Services Department is to
protect regional water quality through the administration of the sewer use, stormwater and
erosion control ordinances; to improve County facilities through the management of capital
projects; and to preserve natural and scenic lands, farms, and forests.