Add a freeboard requirement to local Trent Woods building ordinances.

Add a freeboard requirement to local Trent Woods building ordinances.

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Chris Matteo started this petition

The Town of Trent Woods has yet to adopt an additional elevation requirement, referred to as freeboard in our local ordinance. Freeboard is how high the first floor of a home must be above the base flood elevation listed on local flood maps. Many towns in eastern North Carolina have 2’ - 3’ freeboard requirements. All new construction would have to comply with a new freeboard requirement. 

In addition, this change in the local ordinance will immediately allow the majority of residents who have had their homes substantially damaged in hurricane Florence (or repeatedly damaged from recent hurricanes) to receive an additional $30,000 from their flood insurance policies’ Increased Cost of Compliance (ICC) coverage. This additional money must be used to elevate, move, or demolish homes that have been flooded. 

Please consider promoting this change to our local ordinances to support local flood victims and protect homes from future storm flooding. 

Thank you. 

Here is FEMA’s description of freeboard: 

Freeboard is a factor of safety usually expressed in feet above a flood level for purposes of floodplain management. "Freeboard" tends to compensate for the many unknown factors that could contribute to flood heights greater than the height calculated for a selected size flood and floodway conditions, such as wave action, bridge openings, and the hydrological effect of urbanization of the watershed. Freeboard is not required by NFIP standards, but communities are encouraged to adopt at least a one-foot freeboard to account for the one-foot rise built into the concept of designating a floodway and the encroachment requirements where floodways have not been designated. Freeboard results in significantly lower flood insurance rates due to lower flood risk.

 

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