Historically, people have been attracted to water for industry, commerce, living, and recreation. During early settlement and development in the US, locations near water were a necessity for transportation, waterpower, water supply, and contained fertile soils for agricultural use. This pattern of development continued as communities grew to their present form.

When the natural process is unaltered by human activity, flooding is not a problem.  In fact, species of plants and animals that live near water are adapted to periodic flooding. Flooding is only considered a problem when human development is located in flood-prone areas. Problems can result which expose people to dangerous situations and property damage. Flooding can also disrupt the natural functions of floodplains and redirecting surface flows onto lands that are not normally subject to flooding.

Communities do not have to endure the dangers and damages that have resulted from unwise use of floodplains. These are done through guiding and regulating development activities in flood-prone areas and these sets of action are known as Floodplain Management[1].


pdf-icon Floodplain Application 



pdf-icon Floodplain Insurance Study - Wilkes County       

pdf-icon NC Floodplain Mapping Program  

pdf-icon FEMA 5 year Plan for North Carolina 

pdf-icon User's Guide to Technical Bulletins

pdf-icon Technical Bulletin 1 - Opening Foundation Walls & Walls of Enclosure

pdf-icon Technical Bulletin 2 - Flood Damage-Resistent Material Requirements

pdf-icon Technical Bulletin 3 - Non-Residential Floodproofing Requirements & Certification

pdf-icon Technical Bulletin 4 - Elevator Installation

pdf-icon Technical Bulletin 5  - Free-of-Obstruction Requirements

pdf-icon Technical Bulletin 6 - Below-Grade Parking Requirements 

pdf-icon Technical Bulletin 7 - Wet Floodproofing Requirements)

pdf-icon Technical Bulletin 8 - Corrosion Protection for Metal Connectors in Coastal Areas

pdf-icon Technical Bulletin 9 - Design & Construction Guidance for Breakaway

pdf-icon Technical Bulletin 10 - Ensuring that Structures Built on Fill-in or Near Special Flood Hazard Areas are Reasonably Safe from Flooding

pdf-icon Technical Bulletin 11 - Crawlspace Construction for Buildings located in Special Flood Hazard Areas

pdf-icon [1] Carryout Floodplain Management in your Locality