On April 19, 2014 Christine Shirley, National Flood Insurance Coordinator in the State of Oregon and Bryan Pohl, Director of Tillamook County Community Development gave a presentation on the Moratorium of Building Permits along the Nestucca and Nehalem Rivers.
Over 70 folks attended to hear about this issue and they learned a lot about Base Flood Elevations and Floodways and the reason for the moratorium. In summary, during a CAV or “Community Assistance Visit” it was discovered that incorrectly permitted development was found in the floodways of the Nestucca and Nehalem Rivers. This development was not reflected in the modeling associated with the new flood maps. As a result, FEMA is requiring the County to remodel the floodways and they will be included in the new flood maps.
Until the new modeling is completed, FEMA contends that Tillamook County does not have enough information to verify that development will be “reasonably safe from flooding” and that the lowest floor elevations will be above base flood elevation. As a result, Tillamook County has imposed a development moratorium until the modeling is complete.
This is very important. If the county takes no action on this issue – FEMA may suspend Tillamook from the National Flood Insurance Program.
Tillamook County is taking this very seriously and is working to be in compliance with FEMA.