An open house for Ottawa County property owners, lenders, insurance firms, and real estate professionals to review a preliminary flood insurance study will be held Feb. 28 in the multi-purpose room at the Riverview Health Care Campus, 8180 W. State Route 163, Oak Harbor.
The open house will be held from 4-7 p.m.
Representatives from the Federal Emergency Management Agency and Ohio Department of Natural Resources are hosting the event and will be available for one-on-one discussions. Recently completed flood insurance rate maps will also be on display for review by residents.
Flood insurance rate maps are considered the official maps on which FEMA delineates special hazard areas and risk premium zones applicable to communities.
Lending institutions and federal agencies use the maps to locate properties and buildings in relation to mapped flood hazards, and to determine whether flood insurance is required when making loans or providing grants following a disaster for the purchase or construction of a building.
One area shown on a map is a Special Flood Hazard Area (SFHA) - the area that has a 1-percent or greater chance of flooding in any given year; this area is also referred to by some as the 1-percent-annual-chance floodplain, base floodplain, or the 100-year floodplain
Once the maps are in effect, they are used to determine flood risk and develop mitigation measures.
In Ottawa County, the preliminary maps can be reviewed at the Ottawa Regional Planning Commission, 315 Madison Street, Port Clinton, between 9 a.m. and noon and 1 and 4 p.m. during the week.
For information contact Mike Greene, Stantec Consulting Services, Inc. at (859) 422-3079.