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Posted on: January 18, 2019

City of Pocatello to Host Open House Discussing Flood Risk Impact

The City of Pocatello Engineering Department is inviting residents to talk about the potential impacts of flooding in the Gate City and provide feedback on proposed revisions to the community flood map. 


February 4 from 4 to 6 p.m., in the Pocatello City Council Chambers, 911 N. 7th Avenue, will be an open house showcasing the City’s plans to reduce flood risks. The meeting will also feature ways to protect your family, home, and business from flood damage. At the informal meeting, residents have the opportunity to learn about and ask questions on the flood mapping process and what the changes may mean for them. 


“At the meeting, you can ask about the risk to your property and learn what happens next,” said Maggie Clark, Project Manager. “We will answer questions and share information about the proposed map. Protecting yourself today means preparing your home or workplace now and knowing what to do when a flood is approaching your home or business.”


Preliminary maps from the Federal Emergency Management Agency identify the areas that have a one percent chance of flooding in any year. Once new flood maps are adopted, they help dictate flood insurance prices for federally-backed mortgages. Information from the maps also help inform hazard mitigation plans as well as land use and development decisions. 


A preview of the map can be found at arcg.is/1znjjP. Printed flood maps can also be picked up at City of Pocatello Engineering Department, 911 N. 7th Avenue. 


Residents who are unable to attend the open house can send their questions Maggie Clark at mclark@pocatello us or by phone at 208-234-6225. Residents can also submit their questions in writing to City of Pocatello Engineering Department c/o Maggie Clark, PO Box 4169, Pocatello, ID 83205-4169. Citizens are asked to include their name, address, parcel number (if available), and mailing address (if it is different from the property they are asking about). 


For more information on flooding and flood safety, visit weather.gov/safety/flood-states-id. To learn more about federal flood insurance, visit floodsmart.gov


City Hall is accessible to persons with disabilities. Program access accommodations may be provided with three (3) days’ advance notice by contacting Skyler Beebe at sbeebe@pocatello.us; 208.234.6248; or 5815 South 5th Avenue, Pocatello, ID.


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