Wasco County Planning mitigates flood risk by implementing the FEMA Flood Maps and the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP). Wasco County flood maps are listed as Environmental Protection District (EPD) 1 and are available on the Wasco County interactive GIS Web Map. The rules for this overlay zone are in the Land Use and Development Ordinance Section 3.740 and support the FEMA NFIP program through specific siting standards for new development.
Wasco County's Comprehensive Plan Goal 7, policy 1, outlines various other strategies for addressing flood hazards. Including being consistent with the Wasco County Natural Hazards Mitigation Plan (NHMP). The NHMP brings together various public agencies, including Wasco County, Oregon Department of Forestry, the School District, MCEDD, etc., to identify essential action items to increase community resiliency. The current NHMP identifies flood as a medium risk to Wasco County and includes action items like EPD 1 protections, work from the Soil and Water Conservation District on waterway improvements, and improving mapped data through technology like LiDAR to mitigate risk in the built environment.
Tools, Information, and Education
- National Weather Service
- What is a 500-year flood? (video, 0:58)
- Turn Around Don't Drown PSA (video, 0:52)
- DOGAMI, Base Flood Elevation Determinations
- Fact Sheet (PDF)
- Oregon Health Authority
- Protect yourself during a flood (video, 0:31)
- Prepare for Flooding
- The National Severe Storms Laboratory, NOAA
- How To Prepare for a Flood (video, 4:07)
Business & Organizations
- Small Business Administration (SBA)
- Flood Preparedness (PDF)