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Town of Kill Devil Hills Flood Plain Management & Regulations October 2007 Am I in a Flood Zone? Everyone is in a flood zone – It is important to know what type of flood zone and what risks and regulations are associated with your property.

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Town of Kill Devil Hills

Flood Plain Management & Regulations

October 2007


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Am I in a Flood Zone?

Everyone is in a flood zone – It is important to know what type of flood zone and what risks and regulations are associated with your property.

Kill Devil Hills has three types of flood zones – VE, AE, & X


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Flood Zone Designations

  • Zone AEreplaces Zone A1 – A30 (1% annual chance or 100-year flood area)

  • Zone VEreplaces Zone V1 – V30 (1% annual chance or 100-year flood area)

  • “Shaded” Zone Xreplaces Zone B (0.2% annual chance or 500-year flood area)

  • “Unshaded” Zone Xreplaces Zone C (minimal flood risk area)


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Objectives of the Kill Devil Hills Flood Damage Prevention Ordinance

  • Protect human life and health

  • Minimize expenditure of public money for costly flood control projects

  • Minimize the need for rescue and relief efforts associated with flooding

  • Minimize prolonged business losses and interruptions

  • Minimize damage to public facilities and utilities

  • Help maintain a stable tax base by providing for the sound use and development of flood prone areas

  • Ensure that potential buyers are aware that property is in a Special Flood Hazard Area


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VE Flood Zones

  • Located primary along the Oceanfront and some areas across NC 12

  • All structures must be built on elevated pilings or piers

  • No lower level enclosures allowed except those enclosed by lattice, screening or break-away walls.

  • More stringent construction methods recommended by FEMA


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AE Flood Zones

  • Much of the Town is located within an AE Flood Zone

  • AE areas are subject to occasional flooding

  • 1% chance of flooding in every year

  • A Base Flood Elevation (BFE) has been determined for all properties in Kill Devil Hills located in an AE Zone.


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Accessory Structures located in AE Flood Zones

  • Shall not be used for human habitation

  • Shall not be temperature-controlled

  • Shall be designed to have low flood damage potential

  • Shall be provided with flood openings

  • Shall be constructed and placed on the site to minimize resistance to the flow of floodwaters

  • Shall be firmly anchored.

  • Must provide an elevation certificate if greater than 150 square feet.


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AE Flood Zones

Lower level enclosures which are below the Base Flood Elevation should:

  • Not be used for human habitation

  • Not be finished or conditioned (heated or cooled)

  • Be constructed entirely of flood resistant materials

  • Be used only for …..

    • Parking of vehicles

    • Entry to the living area

    • Limited storage of maintenance equipment used in connection with the premises.


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X Flood Zones

  • Areas of minimal flood risk

  • Even properties located in an X zone are subject to flooding and eligible for Federal Flood Insurance


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How do I know which Flood Zone my property is in?

NCFloodmaps.com


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Why Bother?

There is a 5% chance of a home fire.

For a house located within the Special Flood Hazard Area, there is a 26% chancethat it will be inundated by a 100 year flood during the life of a 30-year mortgage.


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Questions?

Contact Us

Town of Kill Devil Hills

Planning Department

(252) 449-5318

PS – also great information at www.floodsmart.com


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