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Flooding & Flood Safety
The City of Hampton's low-lying geographic location, with many waterways, make much of the city extremely susceptible to flooding.

There are two types of areas affected by flooding:
  • The floodplain: This is the area mapped by the federal government - FEMA - identifying areas most likely to flood during intense rain - which may or may not be accompanied by tidal surges. It also determines whether you need flood insurance.
  • Surge flooding. This area is affected when a hurricane, tropical storm or nor-easter cause persistent high winds and changes in air pressure that push water toward the shore in a storm surge. When this occurs at high tide and/or in combination with heavy rains, it can affect larger areas. Most of Hampton is in a surge zone. The surge zone map shows areas that could affected according to the strength of a hurricane (Category 1, 2, etc.) and is used as a guide for determining evacuations.

NEW Preliminary FEMA flood maps 
Periodically, flood maps are reviewed and updated based on flooding data. The federal government has released new maps for Hampton, made public in late 2014. Information and comparisons.
 
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