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N E W S   R E L E A S E


Sept. 27, 2013






Darryl Cook, County Engineer


James City County releases Annual Report on the Floodplain Management Plan


James City County has released the 2013 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, tornados 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: 


  • Flood studies of the upper and lower Powhatan Creek watersheds were completed to better define flood risks in these areas. The County submitted the maps to FEMA in February 2013 to begin the process of updating the Flood Insurance Rate Maps (FIRM) to incorporate this more recent flood information.  
  • 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 November 2013.
  • Watershed management plans have been completed for the Powhatan, Yarmouth, Mill and Gordon Creek watersheds. Additional studies are in progress for the Ware Creek and York River watersheds.


The complete Annual Report can be found online at


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




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