Weather & Conditions
Preliminary Flood Plain Map
The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) recently updated the flood maps for Crook County and the City of Prineville after 21 years.
The new maps were created utilizing more accurate elevation data than the 1989 maps and a new study was completed for Ochoco Creek. Preliminary
digital copies are available for review on Crook County’s website (use index map first to locate your area) as well as on Crook County’s GIS site
for interactive viewing of individual properties at the following link,
Preliminary Flood Maps. Hard copies
are also available in the City or County Planning Departments.
Oregon participates in the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) administered by FEMA. This program was created under the National Flood Insurance
Act of 1968 and strengthened by the “Flood Disaster Protection Act of 1973. Due to Oregon’s participation in the program, communities must follow
certain performance standards regarding development within the floodplain and in turn receive the ability to purchase federally subsidized flood
insurance. This insurance program was designed by Congress to shift the cost of a flood away from general taxpayers to property owners occupying
These maps perform three functions. First, they provide information to emergency management agencies to better prepare for flooding. Second
they provide vital information to current or future property owners about the flooding risk associated with certain properties. This allows a
property owner or future buyer to make informed decisions and determine whether flood insurance will be necessary or required. Finally, these maps
provide local officials the necessary information to regulate structures that are built in the floodplain to better protect citizens from a
When adopted some properties will be newly included within the floodplain and others will be removed. Individual notice will be given to property
owners when the appeal period begins. If you believe your property has been included in the floodplain in error there is a process to amend the
maps through FEMA.
The scheduled date for adoption of the maps is in the Spring of 2011.