Flooding

Environment
8:50 am
Thu July 3, 2014

OBX Residents, Visitors Flee Hurricane Arthur

Hurricane Arthur is expecting to pass along the Outer Banks today on its way up the Atlantic Coast.
Credit National Weather Service

Category one Hurricane Arthur has maximum sustained winds of 80 miles per hour.

Hatteras Island residents have begun a mandatory evacuation this morning, and a State of Emergency has been issued for all of Dare County. Hyde County has issued a voluntary evacuation for Ocracoke Island for 2 p.m. today.

National Weather Service Meteorologist Lara Pagano said North Carolinians can expect to feel the effects of the hurricane's outer bands today.

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Flood Maps
5:00 am
Fri April 11, 2014

Have We Been Overestimating Flood Risk On The Outer Banks?

A preliminary projection of what areas will see gains and reductions in base flood elevation.
Credit NC Department of Public Safety

It would be easy to look at the newest round of floodplain maps and think that we've been wrong about the Outer Banks all this time.

For the past decade, the standard line has been that things on the coast are getting worse. Sea levels are rising; the shoreline is eroding; flooding is becoming a bigger threat. Flood risk is largely determined by a series of maps produced by the state of North Carolina. Those maps then make their way to FEMA, who administer the National Flood Insurance Program. Basically, the higher your risk, the more you pay in flood insurance.

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Flood Risk Map
8:51 pm
Wed March 19, 2014

Map Geeks Rejoice! NC's Flood Risk Map Is Here

Credit NCDPS

This month, North Carolina launched FRIS, the Flood Risk Information System. It's the first system of its kind in the country to put all of the state's flood risk data, county-by-county, building-by-building, into one digital initiative.

It's not the prettiest map ever designed, but it's full of all sort of information that used to require a lot of manpower to produce for whoever wanted it.

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Environment
5:09 pm
Mon September 23, 2013

Raleigh To Replace Dams

This is an aerial picture of the Falls Lake Dam near Raleigh. City officials plan to replace four dams in the city other than this one next year.
Credit NC DENR

Engineers in Raleigh's Storm Water Utilities Department are planning to replace dams protecting some capital city neighborhoods.  Each project is expected to begin next year with costs into the millions of dollars.

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Science & Technology
4:00 pm
Thu July 11, 2013

UNC Computer System Lets The Coast Know When High Waters Are Coming

A screen shot from the Surge Guidance System shows storm surge data from Hurricane Sandy, which hit the east coast in October 2012.
Credit RENCI

Researchers at UNC-Chapel Hill are using storm surge data to give coastal communities a better idea of what they can expect during hurricanes. 

The university's Renaissance Computing Institute, or RENCI, has a network called the Surge Guidance System.  It gathers intricate details of ocean activity to calculate where, how and when storm surge will affect certain areas. 

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Environment
5:17 pm
Wed July 3, 2013

Chapel Hill Continues To Recover From Weekend Flooding

Flooding in Chapel Hill on Sunday
Credit Jstn568 / wunderground

Orange County continues to recover from weekend flooding, and officials are trying to secure relief funding for those displaced.

At a news conference today, Chapel Hill officials said close to 130 residences are unlivable due to water damage from weekend rain. It's unclear when, or if, people who lived in those units can go back home.

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Weather
7:24 am
Mon July 1, 2013

Chapel Hill, Durham Try To Absorb Record Rainfall

Several feet of flood waters trap cars on West Franklin St. in Chapel Hill Sunday afternoon.
Credit Bart Smith / Facebook

Residents of Orange and Durham counties are cleaning up after torrential rain led to flood waters several feet deep. 

Officials in Chapel Hill say rescuers evacuated at least 40 people Sunday from flooded homes and vehicles.  They were taken to a Red Cross shelter at Smith Middle School. 

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Military
7:01 am
Tue June 18, 2013

Military Leaders To Discuss Climate Change & National Security

Air Force airmen lay sandbags to protect against a flood in MO in 2011.
Credit Dept. of Defense

Current and former members of the military want to talk about how climate change could be threatening national security. 

A public meeting in Fayetteville tonight will include discussions about evidence linking climate change to a rising risk of stronger natural disasters.  Spring Lake mayor Chris Rey is one of the speakers at the meeting and a former Army captain.  He says storms that cause widespread damage divert military resources, leaving the impacted areas more vulnerable.

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Weather
7:06 am
Mon May 27, 2013

Meteorologists Push Preparation Ahead Of Active Hurricane Season

Hurricane Ivan brought inland flooding to western and central North Carolina in 2004.
Credit NASA

Forecasters are urging North Carolinians to have an emergency plan for hurricanes before the season starts. 

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Environment
5:00 am
Mon July 23, 2012

UNC Study Evaluates Flood Plans

Researchers at UNC-Chapel Hill are helping communities develop better plans for dealing with floods. The result could be lower flood insurance rates for homeowners.

Dave DeWitt: Flood insurance is a major consideration for many in eastern North Carolina, where some entire counties lie in the floodplain. Since private insurers won’t offer policies, homeowners get flood insurance through National Flood Insurance Program, run by FEMA.

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