Floodplain Administration

Cabarrus County periodically experiences localized flooding in areas bordered by rivers and creeks. Residents and property owners should become familiar with areas most prone to flooding. They should also take steps now to prepare for a flood emergency to help protect lives and property.

Flooding events often cause some roads and bridges in Cabarrus to become impassable. Flooding can occasionally lead to the evacuation of some structures, such as:

  • homes
  • businesses
  • barns
  • other buildings

Cabarrus County participates in the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP). This program is administered by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). Our participation in the Community Rating System (CRS) helps property owners. County residents are eligible to purchase discounted flood insurance from NFIP. Participation in NFIP also makes available federal financial assistance to property owners. This assistance is for the permanent repair or reconstruction of insurable buildings. These buildings must have been damaged by flooding.

Learn more about Cabarrus County's NFIP status in the Community Status Book.

Available Resources

Mapping and identification resources are available through the NC Flood Mapping Information System. You can monitor real time flood gauge data for Cabarrus County and NC. This data is available at NC Flood Inundation Mapping and Alert Network

Cabarrus County has information available locally regarding:

  • flood Insurance rate maps
  • rules for building in the floodplain
  • protecting property from flood damage

Local Resources

  • Adopted FEMA FIRMs are available at the Cabarrus Governmental Center. Review them during normal business hours. Come to the Planning and Development Department.
  • The Cabarrus Governmental Center has publications related to:
    • flooding
    • construction
    • living near rivers, streams and floodplains

    The Cabarrus County Library Concord Branch has materials available for check out.

  • FEMA elevation certificates for buildings constructed in the floodplain are available. Review them at the Cabarrus Governmental Center during normal business hours. These buildings must be in unincorporated Cabarrus County. Come to the Planning and Development Department.
  • NC Building Code. This code regulates local construction and incorporates flood-resistant standards for residential and commercial development.
  • Cabarrus County Planning staff and Zoning staff can assist with property inquiries.
  • Cabarrus County Construction Standards staff can assist with questions about:
    • the building code
    • technical construction standards

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