Public Meeting Scheduled to Discuss Proposed Changes to FEMA Flood Maps
With more advanced technology and better topographic data, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), in partnership with the Oregon Department of Land Conservation and Development (DLCD), has issued preliminary (draft) flood maps for the City of Coos Bay. The areas affected are portions of First Creek, Chickses Creek, and Empire Lakes (all of which are in the Empire District).
FEMA and DLCD will host a public meeting in the afternoon and early evening on Thursday, February 9, 2017 at the Owens Building, 201 N. Adams St, Coquille, to discuss the draft flood map revisions and what they mean for property owners. The event will last from 3:00 pm to 6:30 pm (with formal presentations at 3:15 pm and 5:15 pm). At the event, property owners and residents will have a chance to learn about the flood mapping process and what the changes mean for them. Residents will also have the opportunity to ask questions about how these maps will impact their property and community. City staff will also be present to help address questions from the public.
Flooding is the nation’s most common and most expensive natural disaster. According to national statistics, homes inside high-risk flood areas have a 26 percent chance of being damaged by flooding over the life of a 30-year mortgage, compared with a 9 percent chance of sustaining fire damage. To learn more about federal flood insurance visit www.floodsmart.gov .
Citizens that have questions regarding the draft flood maps can contact the City’s Engineering Technician Jason Vinyard at 541-269-1181 extension 2249. The draft maps can also be viewed at City Hall, 500 Central Avenue, Coos Bay.