Updated flood maps for the Lower Columbia Sandy Watershed to be discussed at July 12 open house in Welches

From: Ellen Rogalin, Clackamas County Department of Transportation & Development, 503-742-4274

Media and Interested Parties

The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has issued preliminary maps showing revisions to the 100-year floodplain along the Sandy River, Salmon River, Zigzag River and neighboring creeks.

Clackamas County invites the public to learn about and discuss these draft flood map revisions at an open house at 6 p.m. on Tuesday, July 12, at the Mt. Hood Lions Club, 27430 E. Woodsey Way in Welches. The conversation will include what the draft maps mean for property owners.

These maps will help community officials and local residents identify flood risks and, when adopted, will be used for flood insurance, land use and development decisions.

Property owners are encouraged to examine the preliminary maps, attend the July 12 open house and ask questions about how revisions could affect them. Preliminary maps can be reviewed at the county Planning & Zoning Division, second floor of the Development Services Building, 150 Beavercreek Road in Oregon City. For more information, call 503-742-4500 or email zoninginfo@clackamas.us.

Flooding is the nation's most common and 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.

More information on flooding and flood safety is available online. To learn more about federal flood insurance at FloodSmart.gov.

For more information, members of the media and public may contact Community Relations Specialist Ellen Rogalin at 503-742-4274.