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Va., NC to share flood-related data

Wednesday - 2/29/2012, 1:27pm  ET

RICHMOND, Va. - Virginia and North Carolina plan to share maps, risk data and other flood-related information in an effort to improve preparation and floodplain management.

Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell announced the partnership Wednesday in a news release. He says the two states share river basins with flooding hazards.

McDonnell says Virginia's flood maps, models and information on flood hazards and risk will be added to North Carolina's floodplain mapping website by late summer.

Residents can use the website to determine whether a property is in a floodplain and whether flood insurance is needed. The information also can be used by residents and businesses to prepare for flood risks.

McDonnell says the project will give local governments and emergency responders easy access to digital maps and data.

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