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Floodplain changes for NC beach community get initial OK

Posted April 16

— North Carolina's floodplain mapping officials have approved an appeal of severe flood zone restrictions for a beach town, meaning property owners may save some money.

The StarNews of Wilmington reports (http://bit.ly/2oNra1b) the N.C. Floodplain Mapping Program approved the appeal from New Hanover County for Wrightsville Beach property owners.

Wrightsville Beach appealed a state decision to designate several areas as having a 1 percent or greater chance of flooding in a year. Other areas were designated as having less than a 1 percent chance of flooding.

Town manager Tim Owens says the new designation could be in place by the end of the year after a public hearing and if the changes meet federal regulations.

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