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Posted on: November 30, 2023

New Hanover County excels in CRS review with perfect correctness rate

New Hanover County, NC – Following its annual FEMA National Flood Insurance Program Community Rating System (CRS) verification visit, New Hanover County has achieved a 100 percent correctness rate on its construction certificate review and maintained its Class 7 rating in the program. This will result in a continued 15 percent reduction in flood insurance premiums for residents throughout the unincorporated county.

“New Hanover County has taken part in the CRS program since 1991, with a goal of raising the standard level for safety when it comes to flooding in our community,” said New Hanover County Manager Chris Coudriet. “Planning Supervisor Ken Vafier manages this process for the county and I’d like to thank him and the Planning and Land Use team for their diligent work in achieving this 100 percent correctness rate, which is an indicator of our continued focus on floodplain management and protecting our community from flood risks.”

The CRS is a voluntary program that recognizes superior floodplain management practices beyond the National Flood Insurance Program's (NFIP) minimum requirements. More than 1,500 communities nationwide take part in the assessment each year to address flooding risks in their communities and help reduce insurance costs to residents. New Hanover County has been at Class 7 status since 2018, reflecting the county’s continued efforts to foster comprehensive floodplain management, reduce and avoid flood damage to insurable property, and strengthen and support the insurance aspects of the National Flood Insurance Program.

For further information about the CRS program and New Hanover County's floodplain management initiatives, visit

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