Open House to review updated FEMA maps is March 17

For Immediate Release: Friday, February 26, 2016

Sponsored by: Department of Land Use and Transportation, Capital Project Services Division

Updated Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Flood Insurance Rate maps will be available for public review at an open house from 6 to 8 p.m. March 17 at the Washington County Public Services Building, 155 N. First Avenue, Hillsboro.

Representatives from Washington County, FEMA, the state Department of Land Conservation and Development (DLCD) and consultant Amec Foster Wheeler will be available to answer questions. The event is hosted by Washington County Department of Land Use & Transportation.

Attendees will learn about the new digital flood plain maps, the primary regulatory tool used by the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) and the insurance industry to regulate floodplain development and rates for flood insurance policies. The geo-spatially referenced digital maps will be used by federally regulated lending institutions and insurance agents to determine who must purchase flood insurance, and the cost of that insurance, if it's necessary. In addition, the maps will be used by county and city officials for floodplain management and permitting purposes.

For more information about flood plains within Washington County, visit our flood information website or contact Rocky Brown, flood plain manager, at 503-846-7914 or

If you need a sign language interpreter, assistive listening device or a language interpreter, please call 503-846-7800 (or 7-1-1 for Telecommunications Relay Service) at least 48 hours prior to this event.

Washington County is committed to working with our partner agencies in planning, building and maintaining a great transportation system, ensuring the safety of all roadway users, and operating the County roadway system in a cost-effective and environmentally responsible manner.

Media Contact:

Melissa De Lyser, Communications Coordinator