Community Preparedness

Flood Information

What is the National Flood Insurance Program?

The National Flood Insurance Program was created by Congress in 1968 to reduce the loss of life and property, and the rising disaster relief costs caused by flooding. The program was designed to achieve these goals by: 1) requiring that new and future substantially improved buildings be constructed to resist flood damages; 2) guiding future development away from flood hazard areas; and 3) transferring the costs of flood losses from the American taxpayers to floodplain property owners through flood insurance premiums. In recent decades, over 80 percent of disaster losses nationwide have been caused by floods.

The NFIP is a voluntary program based on a mutual agreement between the federal government and the local community. Federally-backed flood insurance coverage is available to any property owner in return for mitigation of flood risks by community regulation of floodplain development. Flood insurance, and most types of federal financial assistance, such as mortgage loans and grants, are only available in those communities that adopt and enforce a floodplain management ordinance that meets or exceeds the minimum NFIP standards. These same standards must also be adhered to by all federal agencies under a Presidential Floodplain Management Executive Order.

Flood Maps

The updated Preliminary Flood Insurance Rate Maps were issued for Southport. The floodplain data are now being provided in digital format so they can be viewed and downloaded from the NC Floodplain Mapping Program (NCFMP)’s web site. You can see the current and preliminary flood maps here

Land Use Plan Maps (Flood Hazard Area)

NC Flood Risk Information System

National Flood Insurance Program

Know your Flood Hazard

Flood Damage Prevention Ordinance

Flood Education Materials


Average Air Temp  73.8 max/52.9 min
 Days with salubrious breezes  365
 Cloudy Days  150.2
 Average Water Temp  69.0º F
 Annual Rain Fall  56.82 inches
 Clear Days  111.2
 Partly Cloudy  103.8

For More Information

For more information please contact:

Wayne Strickland, Building Inspector
1029 N. Howe St
Southport, NC 28461
(P) 910-457-7925
Email Wayne

Thomas Lloyd, Planner
1029 N. Howe Street, Suite 100
Southport, NC 28461
Tel: (910) 457-7961
Email Thomas

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