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

Looking for property mapping and flood risk identification resources? These 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

Cabarrus County has information available locally regarding:

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

Available resources include:

  • Adopted FEMA FIRMs and publications are available. These resources are related to flooding, construction and living near rivers and streams. They are available in the Planning and Development Department during normal business hours.

  • The Cabarrus County Library has materials available for check out.

  • FEMA Elevation Certificates submitted during the development review process are available. These certificates are for structures located in unincorporated Cabarrus County. They are available to review in the Planning and Development Department. This review must take place during normal business hours.

  • The NC Building Codeincorporates flood-resistant construction standards.

  • Cabarrus County Construction Standards Staff can help. They can answer questions about the building code and technical construction standards.
  • Cabarrus County Planning and Zoning Staff can assist with floodplain inquiries. You can also access the Flood Risk Information System (NCFRIS). You can use this system to check the status of a property using the address.

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