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ATLANTA — The Federal Emergency Management Agency announced that a multimillion dollar grant will be awarded to update flood risk information throughout the state.

According to a press release from the Department of Homeland Security, FEMA will give $4,591,847 in federal funds toward projects to improve existing flood insurance rate maps and flood risk data across North Carolina.

The mapping program will update flood maps and develop watershed reports for the Lower Yadkin Watershed in Rowan, Stanly, Montgomery and Randolph counties, the South Yadkin Watershed in Davie, Iredell and Rowan counties, and the Upper Pee Dee Watershed in of Anson, Montgomery, Randolph, Richmond, Stanly and Union counties. 

Funding will also help find areas at risk for flooding and solutions for reducing that risk in the Chowan, Upper Yadkin, South Yadkin and Broad River Basins including portions of Chowan, Gates, Hertford, Northampton, Davidson, Forsyth, Surry, Wilkes, Yadkin, Cleveland, Polk and Rutherford counties.

Flood risks can change over time due to construction and environmental changes requiring the need for updated information.

Updated flood maps and flood risk data will help local area governments in planning for future development and rebuilding efforts.