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OFFICE OF THE SHERIFF

Sheriff Curtis L. Landers

225 W. Olive Street

Newport, Oregon 97365

(541) 265-4277

Fax (541) 265-4926

MEDIA RELEASE

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Date: April 27, 2017

Contact: Jenny Demaris, Emergency Manager

(541) 265-4199

vdemaris@co.lincoln.or.us

Flood Risk Open House to Highlight Changes to Flood Maps in Lincoln County and the Cities of Yachats, Waldport, Newport, Lincoln City, and the Confederated Tribes of Siletz Indians.

(04.27.17 - Lincoln County)

The Lincoln County Planning Department and the Sheriff’s Office encourage those who own property in or near flood plain areas to attend the Flood Risk Open House:

|When: |Where: |

|Thursday, May 18th, 2017 |Oregon Coast Community College |

|5:00 to 7:00 PM |Community Room |

|Presentation at 5:15 PM |400 SE College Way |

| |Newport, OR 97366 |

FEMA, in partnership with the State of Oregon has issued preliminary flood maps showing revisions to the 100-year floodplain, which has a 1 percent chance of flooding in any year. The revised flood insurance rate maps cover properties along the Alsea, Siletz, Salmon, Yachats and Yaquina Rivers. 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.

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. Property owners will also have the opportunity to ask questions about how these maps will impact their property, community and insurance status.

Representatives from FEMA, Lincoln County Planning, the Cities of Yachats, Waldport, Newport, Lincoln City, and the Confederated Tribes of Siletz Indians will be in attendance and available to answer questions and provide more information.

If you are unable to attend, you can contact the Lincoln County Planning Department at 541-265-4192 for more information regarding the preliminary maps.

More information on flooding mitigation, protection and safety is available at . To learn more about federal flood insurance, visit .

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.

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Respectfully submitted,

|Virginia "Jenny" Demaris |Joshua Shaklee, CFM |

|Emergency Manager |Senior Planner |

|Lincoln County Sheriff's Office |Lincoln County Dept. of Planning and Development |

|Emergency Management |210 SW 2nd Street |

|225 W. Olive St. |Newport, Oregon 97365 |

|Newport, Oregon 97365 |jshaklee@co.lincoln.or.us |

|vdemaris@co.lincoln.or.us |(541) 265-4192 Office |

|(541) 265-4199 Office | |

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