Federal storm damage assessments begin
Officials from the City of Wilmington, New Hanover County, the beach towns and the NC Department of Emergency Management have begun assessing damage from Hurricane Florence to structures located within federally designated special flood hazard area.
The city has approximately 2,130 structures in the special flood hazard area; 175 of those are commercial structures and the rest are residential.
Teams will identify structures within the flood hazard area that are substantially damaged, which means that the damage exceeds 50 percent of the value of the structure. Repairs to damaged buildings located within the area will require a permit from the City of Wilmington and New Hanover County Building Inspections.
By law, the city must make these assessments so that property owners can purchase national flood insurance if they so choose.
Residents can access this website to determine if they have property located within the special flood hazard area: http://fris.nc.gov/fris/.
Property owners who have sustained significant damage may be eligible for federal assistance. Two helpful websites:
- Who to contact and for what at FEMA: https://www.fema.gov/hurricane-florence
- How to apply for FEMA grants for properties that are substantially damaged: https://www.fema.gov/increased-cost-compliance-coverage