County will host two workshops Sept. 24 and Oct. 1 about preparing for winter flood season

From: Tracy Moreland, Clackamas County Public and Government Affairs: 503-655-8520

Media and Interested Parties

Clackamas County is sponsoring two free workshops this fall: A Flood of Information 2016: Preparing for Winter Along the Rivers. The two workshops are free for county residents and anyone interested in learning more about preparing for flooding in their community. They will be held on Saturday, Sept. 24 from 9 a.m. to noon at the Resort at the Mountain, Lolo Pass Room in Welches; and Saturday, Oct. 1 from 9 a.m. to noon at the Clackamas County Development Services Building at 150 Beavercreek Road in Oregon City.

"This is a great opportunity for county residents concerned about flooding and securing their homes or property during the winter," said Nancy Bush, director of Clackamas County Disaster Management. "The county and our partners will share some great resources and answer questions to help people plan ahead. We want people to know how to protect themselves."

The events are open for all Clackamas County residents, property owners and businesses interested in learning how to prepare for winter weather conditions and emergencies in the county's flood-prone areas.

Workshop education stations will include information on ways to minimize risk and have historically featured experts from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Western Federal Lands Highway Division, State Lands, National Weather Service, and Clackamas County's departments of Disaster Management, Planning, Transportation & Development, Water Environment Services, and Resource Conservation & Solid Waste. There will also be refreshments and door prizes.

Clackamas County recently completed a public opinion survey on possible approaches to flood risk management in the upper Sandy River Basin. Findings from the survey are being evaluated by the University of Oregon's Partnership for Disaster Resilience and will be discussed with the public at the workshop on Sept. 24 in Welches.

For more information about the event, contact Jay Wilson with Clackamas County Disaster Management or call 503-723-4848.