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The city of Madras is working on a Floodplain Remapping Project to identify areas subject to flooding and ways to mitigate flooding.

BILL VOLLMER - Nick Snead, Madras Community Development Department director, at left, gathers input from local residents for the city's Floodplain Remapping Project, which the city kicked off on June 8.
About 40 people attended the kickoff for the Madras Community Development Department's Floodplain Remapping Project June 8, at the Madras City Hall.

Attendees identified four ways that the city could mitigate flooding, according to Community Development Director Nick Snead. Those ideas included:

- Cleaning grass, shrubs and trees out of Willow Creek to allow water to flow more freely.

- Detaining water upstream in the watershed to slow waters.

- Engaging federal landowners for assistance in controlling flood waters on federal properties to reduce flood impact in the city of Madras.

- Not placing snow removed by snow plows on city property in the floodplain.

"Those who spoke at the meeting were more concerned about mitigating flood risks than the need to establish a new Flood Insurance Rate Map (FIRM)," noted Snead. "This was somewhat surprising, as the city started this project to be responsive to community member and property owner concern for the accuracy of the FIRM."

However, Snead said that the city and its state and federal partners first need to establish a new Flood Insurance Rate Map in order to consider flood mitigation projects.

"After the city and FEMA establish a new FIRM, the city should consider adopting new development regulations for the floodplain and updating the city's flood mitigation plan," he said. "The question is, which should be completed first?"

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