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General Flooding Information

Flood losses in Tillamook County exceeded 60 million dollars over 1996-2000. This includes damages to homes, businesses and infrastructure. The following information has been prepared by the Tillamook County Department of Community Development to help protect those who are vulnerable from future flooding.

Low-lying areas between the Coast Range and the Pacific Ocean are subject to periodic severe flooding caused by any combination of heavy rains, melting snow, high tides and strong winds. Land adjacent to or near rivers, creeks, sloughs, bays and the ocean are most vulnerable to flooding; however, flooding can occur in any lowland area in Tillamook County, including those removed from waterways. The most vulnerable time is from November to April, but experience shows that flooding can occur any time of the year.

Federal, state and local governments in Tillamook County are involved in a collaborative effort with local citizens to do everything possible to lessen the adverse impacts of flooding. This includes:

County Flood Services

You should check the flood hazard on property that you own or may purchase. Flood maps and flood protection information are available in the Tillamook County Library. You can visit the Department of Community Development in the basement of the County Courthouse where you can determine if you are in a mapped floodplain and the extent of flooding that may be anticipated on your property. Information is available on selecting contractors who have done elevation projects in the County. If requested, Community Development will do a site visit to review potential flood problems and explain ways to stop flooding or prevent flood damage. You may call the department at 503-842-3408. These services are free.

Flood Checklists

Prepare Before a Flood

CONTACT THE COUNTY DEPARTMENT OF COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT (503-842-3408) TO OBTAIN ANY REQUIRED PERMITS BEFORE PLACING ANY FILL OR DOING ANY GRADING IN A FLOODPLAIN.

During a Flood

The most important consideration during a flood is the safety of you and your family. Heavy rains, melting snow and high tides can combine to cause devastating floods in a very short time. Be prepared to evacuate before waters reach your property. Keep your radio tuned to KTIL FM 94.1, your local Emergency Alert System (Emergency Broadcast System), to find out if you need to evacuate and how much time you have.

A Flood Warning from the National Weather Service means flooding is occurring or will occur soon. Evacuate if you are told to do so.

IN A FLOOD WARNING, TAKE THE FOLLOWING ACTIONS:

FLOOD WATERS - THE MOST DANGEROUS

Rushing water from floods and flash floods is extremely deceptive and dangerous. It is possible to be swept away in floodwaters only one-foot deep.

Remember:

  1. Police barricades are there for your protection. DO NOT DRIVE AROUND THEM.
  2. Walking or driving through floodwaters is the most dangerous thing you can do.

EMERGENCY SHELTERS

If you aren't staying with relatives or friends, designated shelters operated by the Red Cross may be available. Listen to the Emergency Broadcast system or call the Tillamook County Department of Emergency Management at (503) 842-3412 for locations.

After a Flood

If damage occurs, contact the County Department of Community Development (842-3408) for an inspection. Repairs are subject to permit requirements. Repair of substantial damage may require elevating the structure.

Enforcement of Flood Regulations

Enforcement of the regulations for Flood zones is managed through several avenues. These include Planners with a CFM doing all final reviews of Building Permits within Flood Zones for compliance with land use. It also includes a Building Inspector with a CFM reviewing Building Plans.

All Planners and the majority of Building Inspectors have attended classes on the NFIP and CRS programs. In addition, 2 Building Inspectors have completed the retrofitting courses offered through EMI.

Services to Lending Institutions, Real Estate and Insurance Agents

As a public service, Tillamook County will provide you with the following information upon request:

If you would like to make an inquiry, please call and give us the map and tax lot number of the preperty. Call us at the Department of Community Development 503-842-3408 or drop by the office at 201 Laurel Avenue. There is no charge for this service.

Contractors Experienced in Retrofitting Structures for Flooding

COLEMAN CONSTRUCTION MDI
39305 Hwy 53
Nehalem, OR 97131
368-5710

COON CONSTRUCTION
4225 Highway 101 North
Tillamook, OR 97141
842-4678

RCA CONSTRUCTION MDI
P. O. Box 630
Rockaway Beach, OR 97136
355-8493

DON SHELDON CONSTRUCTION
15266 Green Timber Road
Tillamook, OR 97141
842-7421

CHARLES VANDERPERREN MDI
36200 Highway 53
Nehalem, OR 97131
368-6967

KELLY VICE
235 Bluebird Lane
Tillamook, OR 97141
842-6537

SHELDON CONSTRUCTION
4005 Yellow Fir Road
Tillamook, OR 97141
842-9247

Information For Property Owners with Repetitive Losses

Your property may be in an area that has been flooded several times. Over time, the drainage system of ditches and culverts could handle all but the largest storms. Since then, urban development in and upstream in Tillamook County has increased the amount of stormwater runoff. Now, heavy rains and super tides can overload the system more often. As a result, your area floods on an average of every 3-4 years.

Tillamook County is concerned about repetitive flooding and has an active program to help you protect yourself and your property from future flooding. We are seeking funding support to elevate homes and businesses within the floodplain.

Meanwhile, here are some things you can do:

  1. Check with the Building Section () on the extent of past flooding in your area. Department staff can tell you about the causes of repetitive flooding, what the County is doing about it, and what would be an appropriate flood protection level. County staff can visit your property to discuss flood protection alternatives.
  2. Prepare for flooding by doing the following:
  3. Consider some permanent flood protection measures:
  4. Talk to Community Development regarding information on financial assistance:
  5. Get a flood insurance policy

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