Understanding and protecting the natural functions of floodplains helps reduce flood damage and protect resources. When flooding spreads out across the floodplain, its energy is dissipated, which results in lower flood flows downstream, reduced erosion of the stream bank and channel, deposition of sediments and improved groundwater recharge. Floodplains are scenic, valued wildlife habitat.
Poorly planned development in floodplains can lead to streambank erosion, loss of valuable property, increased risk of flooding to downstream properties, and degradation of water quality.
Did you know that it is illegal to throw anything at all into the waters of Morehead City? Nothing but stormwater is allowed on or down storm drains in streets, rights-of-way, and parking lots.
Dumping materials into our water or drains pollutes those waters, clogs our storm drains, and leads to flooding in our neighborhoods. For questions, or to report obstructions or violations, call the Morehead City Public Services Department at 252-726-6848, ext. 122 or ext. 132.