Floodplains are a natural component of Carolina Beach’s environment. 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 streambank and channel, deposition of sediments and improved groundwater recharge. Floodplains are scenic, valued wildlife habitat. Poorly planned development in floodplains can lead to erosion, loss of valuable property, increased risk of flooding to downstream properties and degradation of water quality. Did you know that it’s illegal to throw anything—ANYTHING AT ALL!—into the waters of Carolina Beach! Did you know that nothing but stormwater is allowed to go in the storm drains located in streets, rights-of-way, and parking lots? Dumping materials into our waters 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 Town of Carolina Beach Public Works Department at (910) 458-8291.
To learn more about coast and floodplain protection and restoration visit the
National Wildlife Federation