Thursday, November 29, 2007

Buncombe County Preliminary FEMA Map Review

I thought I would post this for anyone who is interested in the process of the floodplain mapping.

From the Asheville-Citizen Times (

New Buncombe County flood insurance rate maps available for public review

by staff reports

published November 28, 2007 9:59 am

Raleigh – Three meetings are scheduled in Buncombe County for residents and the business community to review and ask questions about preliminary copies of newly updated Flood Insurance Rate Maps developed for the French Broad River Basin.


The meetings are:

Black Mountain - Tuesday, December 11th. Maps will be on display beginning at 6:00 p.m.; a presentation on the material will begin at 6:30 p.m. in the Black Mountain Public Safety Building, 106 Montreat Road, in Black Mountain.

• Enka - Wednesday, December 12th. Maps will be on display beginning at 12:30 p.m.; a presentation on the material will begin at 1:00 p.m. at the A-B Tech Enka Campus, in the Haynes Building, Room 200, 1459 Sand Hill Road in Enka.

Asheville - Thursday, December 13th. The maps will be on display beginning at 6:00 p.m.; a presentation on the material will begin at 6:30 p.m. in the Asheville Public Works Building, large conference room (Room A109), 161 S. Charlotte Street, in Asheville.

Digital versions of the three Buncombe County preliminary maps are currently available for public review by contacting your local planning department or searching the North Carolina Floodplain Mapping website at

County and municipal officials will be on hand at each of the three sites to help residents locate particular properties on the maps and determine their level of flood risk. Representatives from the North Carolina Floodplain Mapping Program and North Carolina Floodplain Management will make short presentations on the map production process, features of the new maps, how they can be used to reduce future losses due to flooding, and their connection with flood insurance and floodplain management. Attendees may also see a demonstration of the North Carolina Floodplain Mapping Information System. Following the presentation, state and Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) representatives will be available to answer questions about the mapping process, flood insurance coverage, and floodplain management topics.

The three meetings provide an opportunity for residents to see the results of the advanced digital technology used to create the new flood maps. Black Mountain residents should go to the presentation in Black Mountain, Asheville residents to the Asheville meeting and county residents to the Enka meeting

Wednesday, November 28, 2007

WNC GIS Gathering this week!

When: Thursday, Dec. 29th - 5:00pm - until
Where: Asheville Pizza Company - Downtown on Coxe Ave.

Come visit and see what's going on with the world of GIS

Madison County GIS Day POSTPONED

The Madison County GIS Day WILL NOT BE HELD THIS SATURDAY (DEC. 1). It will be rescheduled for sometime in January. Check back for details.

Wednesday, November 7, 2007

Other GIS Day events

If you haven't seen all the great GIS Day events going on in the mountains, Greg Dobson did a great job of summarizing them all on Check it out - see you Friday!

Tuesday, November 6, 2007

GIS Day schedule of events

For Friday, November 9th - hosted by AB Tech with tons of great participants.

Check the schedule of events here!