A public open house is planned next week to give Ottawa residents a chance to examine and inquire about newly revised flood plains maps.
The event is scheduled from 2-7 p.m. Aug. 22 in the Franklin County Commission Chambers, 1418 S. Main St., in Ottawa.
Boundaries of many flood-prone areas within the watershed have changed from those shown on the current map, which was adopted in 2011. And so, flood insurance rate maps and a flood insurance study for some areas of Ottawa are being updated to provide more accurate information regarding a property’s flood risk.
The Kansas Department of Agriculture’s Division of Water Resources, in collaboration with the Federal Emergency Management Agency, has worked closely with local officials, and has conducted multiple reviews of the map.
Residents can review and submit comments by visiting the web review map at http://gis2.kda.ks.gov/gis/umdc/ and search a particular address, or by attending the public open house. State officials as well as representatives from engineering contractor Wood Environment & Infrastructure, the City of Ottawa and Franklin County will be on hand to answer questions and take comments. Computer workstations will also be available for residents to review their property as it relates to the proposed mapping changes. Insurance representatives will also be on hand to answer questions from property owners.
More information is available for this project at: https://agriculture.ks.gov/divisions-programs/dwr/floodplain/mapping/ under Mapping Projects for the Upper Marais des Cygnes Watershed project. Officials said other pertinent information will be placed on the city’s website when it becomes available, including an information sheet with contact information, as well as several website addresses to learn about Letters of Map Change, flood insurance and other information. The link to the map is posted at www.ottawaks.gov.