VIDEO: Flooding Awareness Project will improve individuals’ understanding of risks associated with storm surge

Dare County Emergency Management Director Drew Pearson stands alongside one of the recently implemented storm surge awareness poles and information displays. [Screengrab/]

Dare County has released a new video highlighting efforts to improve individuals’ understanding of the risks associated with storm surge, as well as efforts undertaken to improve the monitoring of rising water levels throughout the barrier island community.

The project, which was implemented by Dare County Emergency Management, involved the installation of 23 storm surge awareness poles and information displays at various locations from the Town of Duck to Hatteras Village to indicate how deep the waters of the Atlantic Ocean—as well as the Albemarle, Pamlico and Currituck sounds—could potentially rise above the ground when storm surge occurs.

In addition to the storm surge awareness displays, 12 flood gauges were also installed throughout Dare County, to provide citizens with the ability to access critical information regarding changing water levels in specific geographic locations in real time. Once accepted by state officials, the 12 flood gauges will become a part of North Carolina Emergency Management’s Flood Inundation Mapping and Alert Network (FIMAN).

For more detailed information about the project—as well as the impacts that storm surge and flooding can have on people and property on the Outer Banks—please access the video below: