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Putnam County flood risk information open house is set for December 2

A flood risk information open house will be held at Putnam County Courthouse

Flood damage in Cedar Rapids, summer 2008. Photography by
Susie Shapira/FEMA

The general public is invited to view the floodplain maps and assess the risks of flooding.

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security's Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), in partnership with the Illinois Department of Natural Resources (IDNR), will host , 120 N. 4th Street in Hennepin.

Newly released preliminary Digital Flood Insurance Rate Maps will be displayed so residents can learn about their risk of flooding and how this will affect their lives and property. Those interested in attending may drop in at any time during the evening to talk with FEMA or IDNR representatives.

"Everyone is at some risk of flooding," said Janet M. Odeshoo, acting regional administrator of FEMA Region V in Chicago. "People in Putnam County need to know what that risk is so they can make informed decisions about their safety and financial investments."

Some residents may be required to purchase flood insurance once these maps are effective. The purchase of flood insurance is required by federally insured mortgage lenders if your house is located in high-risk flood area. Once effective, these maps will be used to determine flood risk, develop mitigation measures and encourage wise and responsible risk management decision-making that will reduce the damaging effects of flooding.

For more information, contact John Devine, natural hazards program specialist, at (312) 408-5567 or Shelly Fuller of the Illinois Department of Natural Resources at (847) 608-3100, ext. 2018.

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