Press Release: November 4, 2019
Greene County Flood Risk Information Open House Scheduled
The general public is invited to review preliminary floodplain maps and learn about flood risk in their community. Those interested may drop-in at any time during the event to talk one-on-one with FEMA and State ODNR representatives.
CHICAGO- Representatives from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), in conjunction with Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR) will host a Flood Risk Information Open House on Wednesday, November 20, 2019 from 5:00 – 7:00 PM at the Greene County Social Services Building Media Room: 541 Ledbetter Road, Xenia, OH 45385. The Open House will provide residents with an opportunity to review a recently completed preliminary Flood Insurance Study (FIS) and its accompanying preliminary Flood Insurance Rate Maps (FIRMs).
The FIS and the FIRMs provide vase flood information, delineate areas subject to significant flood hazards within the county, and offer information public officials may use when permitting development in the floodplain.
The Open House will be staffed with representatives from various local, state, and federal agencies who will provide information about flood risk, flood insurance, floodplain development regulations, and the process for floodplain mapping. The newly prepared preliminary floodplain maps will be on display. Once the maps become effective, these maps will be used by floodplain permit officials, builders and developers, lenders, realtors, insurance agents and the general public to determine flood risk, develop mitigation measures, and encourage wise and responsible risk management decision-making.
Property owners, realtors, lenders and insurance agents are urged to attend and take advantage of this preparedness, protection, response, recovery, and mitigation to reduce the loss of life and property and support a culture of readiness for all hazards, including natural disasters, acts of terrorism and other major incidents.