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Posted on: October 5, 2016

[ARCHIVED] Annual Report on the Floodplain Management Plan Available

Floodplain Management Plan - 2016  Annual Report

James City County has released the 2016 Annual Report on the Floodplain Management Plan. The Annual Report highlights the progress made by the County towards the identification, reduction and mitigation of flood losses. The Floodplain Management Plan and the Annual Report are required by National Flood Insurance Program’s (NFIP) Community Rating System. The Floodplain Management Plan is included in the region’s Peninsula Multi-Jurisdictional Natural Hazards Mitigation Plan which assesses the region’s risk from potential natural hazards such as hurricanes, tornadoes and flooding. The Plan identifies potential mitigation efforts that localities can implement to minimize losses associated with these hazards. Accomplishments highlighted in the Annual Report include:

  • The County’s floodplain ordinance was revised to bring it into compliance with the National Flood Insurance Program’s requirements. The revisions include adoption of the new Flood Insurance Rate Maps developed by the Federal Emergency Management Agency that incorporate updated coastal flooding information. The Board of Supervisors adopted the revised ordinance and maps on Oct. 13, 2015 with an effective date of Dec. 16, 2015 for the new maps.
  • The County allocated $50,000 to develop a program to educate and assist property owners in techniques for dry and wet flood-proofing. The funds will be used to establish a revolving loan fund to help property owners protect their property from flood damage. The program should be operational by June 2017.
  • Watershed management plans have been completed for the Powhatan, Yarmouth, Mill, Gordon and Ware Creek watersheds. An additional study is in progress for the County’s watersheds that drain into the York River.

For more information, call 757-259-1442 or email

Annual Report on the Floodplain Management Plan
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