- For more information on the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) and facts on flood insurance please visit: Flood Smart. For quick answers to frequently asked questions please visit: Flood Smart FAQs.
- For more information on FEMA programs and activities please visit: FEMA.
- The County Interactive Geographic Image System (GIS) can also provide basic maps
denoting the location of floodplain on properties within the County. Access the County GIS Interactive Mapping System.
- Additional flood map information for properties in Orange County is available by visiting the North Carolina Flood Risk Information System (FRIS) webpage.
- For up to date warnings, safety, and evacuation information associated with a storm event please visit the Orange County Emergency Services page.
- For more information on the installation of flood vents on a residential structure please read Openings in Foundation Walls and Walls of Enclosure (PDF).
- View more information on reducing flood risk to residential buildings that cannot be elevated (PDF).
- View more information on retrofitting existing residences to address potential flood damage (PDF).
- View more information on protecting manufactured homes (PDF).
- View more information on flood proofing non-residential structures (PDF).
- Real estate agents can read for more information on flood insurance (PDF).
Other Links for Information
Hurricane Preparedness Information
Local Flood Hazards - After a particularly severe hurricane or nor'easter has passed through the Piedmont region, we have experienced heavy flooding along our streams and rivers. Often debris becomes trapped under bridges and culverts. This blockage backs floodwaters up even more, often up to four feet or more deep. Over the past thirty years we have experienced six major hurricanes:
- Diane in 1984
- Gloria in 1985
- Bertha in 1996
- Fran in 1996
- Bonnie in 1998
- Floyd in 1999
Of these Fran was the worst with estimated flood levels somewhere between a 100- and a 500-year flood along several streams. Floods are dangerous. Even though they seem to be moving slowly, moving water as shallow as two feet can knock a grown man off his feet and float a car.
Property Subject to Flooding
If you live along or near the Eno River, the Little River, Morgan Creek or New Hope Creek, you may have experienced these high water times. To find out if your property is subject to flooding, please visit the County Interactive GIS Homepage.