OREGON COUNTY -- The public is invited to a meeting Feb. 19 at the Oregon County Courthouse at Alton at 2 p.m. to discuss floodplain maps and revised floodplain areas in the county.
The purpose of the meeting is to present the results of a study, discuss the information presented on the revised Digital Flood Insurance Rate Map (DFIRM), discuss the impact of the revised DFIRM on the community's participation in the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP).
In 1968 Congress established the NFIP due to escalating costs to taxpayers for flood disaster relief. The NFIP is based on the agreement that if a community practices sound floodplain management, the Federal Government will make flood insurance available to residents in that community
According to Thayer Mayor Merle Williams, Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and State Emergency Management Agency (SEMA) officials will be at the meeting to discuss the preliminary flood hazard maps.
A flood mapping fact sheet, supplied by Williams, said the county's Flood Insurance Rate Maps (FIRPs) are being revised using the latest technologies and the most current data so Oregon County residents, homeowners and community officials may understand the local flood risk and keep people and property safe from floods.
The fact sheet said the reason the maps are being updated is because the city of Thayer and SEMA expressed concerns with the Special Flood Hazard Areas (SFHA) of the Warm Fork River and Two Mile Creek in the vicinity of the city of Thayer.
Williams said his office recently received word from FEMA in the way of a letter that the agency has revised the county-wide (DFIRM) for the area.