Public Invited to Open House on Salt Creek Floodplain Mapping Project

December 8, 2006

A public open house of the Salt Creek Floodplain Mapping Project is set for 5:30 to 8 p.m. Thursday, December 14, 2006 at the Lincoln Firefighters Reception Hall, 241 Victory Lane. Presentations will begin at 5:30 and 7 p.m. The project is updating the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) floodplain map for Salt Creek, initially developed by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers in the late 1970s. The area under study includes Salt Creek from about one half mile south of Saltillo Road to North 98th Street northeast of Lincoln.

The Salt Creek Floodplain Mapping Project is a joint effort between the City Public Works and Utilities Department and the Lower Platte South Natural Resources District, in cooperation with FEMA. At the open house, City and other agency staff as well as members of the consulting team will present the updated map and discuss a companion ordinance to address the Salt Creek flood storage areas.

This is the third of three public information meetings on the revision of the map using the latest technology and data to accurately reflect the Salt Creek floodplain. Public information efforts also have included meetings with a variety of interest groups.

The updated floodplain information is expected to be reflected on the official FEMA map in 2008. In the meantime, the project team proposes that the map update and companion ordinance be adopted for local regulation. A public hearing before the Lincoln-Lancaster County Planning Commission has been tentatively scheduled for January 31, 2007.

For more information about the project, including draft maps and a draft of the companion ordinance, visit the project Web site at (keyword: Salt Creek), or contact the Watershed Management Division of Public Works and Utilities at 441-7701. For more information about the open house, contact Milan Wall, Heartland Center for Leadership Development, at 474-7667 or

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