Lincoln County is hosting a second open house/workshop about the proposed new flood insurance rate maps. The meeting will be in Newport tomorrow (6/28) from 6-8 p.m. in the Community Room at Oregon Coast Community College South Beach. There will be a presentation beginning at 6:15. The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has revised flood hazard zones within Lincoln County and the Cities of Yachats, Waldport, Newport, Lincoln City, and the Confederated Tribes of Siletz Indians in the Alsea, Salmon, Siletz, Yachats and Yaquina Rivers. Lincoln City’s floodplain manager, Debra Nicholson, said FEMA has proposed to revise the 2009 flood hazard maps. This is being done to reflect more accurate flood mapping information that is available. She said it is important for property owners to get this new information and learn how it might affect them.
FEMA has based the new designations for flood plains based on LIDAR data and new methodologies. Debra will be in attendance at the open house tomorrow along with Lincoln county planners, FEMA staff, and consultants. Nicholson added that those who want to know if they are on the map in a flood plane can contact her office in Lincoln City or contact their local city planning department or the county. She added that it is a good idea for property owners to have flood insurance as it covers more things than just tsunami’s it also covers flooding from any source including weather related or burst pipe.
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