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Risk Data and Mitigation Workshop dates for Michigan Counties

FEMA has completed coastal flood hazard analysis and mapping in 7 Michigan counties along Lake Michigan and prepared draft workmaps depicting results of the study. We would like to invite you to attend the Risk Data and Mitigation Workshop for your county. The objectives for this meeting are to allow local review of work maps that show the results of the mapping project efforts to-date, as well as provide information about how your community can use this information to elevate risk awareness and stimulate mitigation actions. Each meeting will be 2 to 3hours in length, dedicated to accomplishing the following goals:

  • Share study methodology and engineering results;
  • Discuss the analytical methods and data utilized to assess and map flood hazards associated with Lake Michigan coastal flooding;
  • Provide relevant background to community officials on GLFHM coastal analysis and mapping, so that they can effectively support next steps of the mapping process in their community
  • Engage State and local officials and technical experts in determining the best approach in producing updated flood maps that accurately and precisely reflect flood risk; and
  • Provide the basis for future dialogue between FEMA, state and local communities regarding inputs for study execution, public review of data and results, and opportunities for enhancing community planning processes.

Because local involvement is critical to this process, we are reaching out to local community officials and other stakeholders to provide an opportunity to review and discuss the results of the coastal flood hazard analysis and mapping performed for your county. FEMA is also committed to an open, collaborative process, and your community’s participation in next steps of the project. We have provided information below on the date, time, and location of the meetings. Feel free to forward this information to others who you feel are appropriate to attend these meetings:

Berrien and Van Buren
September 23, 2014
9 am – 12 pm
St. Joseph City Hall
700 Broad Street
St Joseph, MI 49085

Muskegon and Ottawa
September 24, 2014
9 am to 12 pm
Muskegon Central Fire Station,
Community Room, 770 Terrace Street,
Muskegon, Michigan 49440

Mason and Oceana
September 24, 2014
3pm to 6 pm
Mason County Airport Conference Room
5300 W. US-10
Ludington, MI 49431

Manistee County
September 25, 2014
9 AM – 12 PM
Manistee County Sheriff’s Office
1525 E. Parkdale Avenue
Manistee, MI 49660

Inland Scoping Schedule for Michigan Counties

The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) conducts scoping meetings to determine the riverine flood mapping update needs. These efforts are combined with the lake-wide coastal flood hazard mapping effort with the outcomes constituting the first basin-wide update of water-level statistics and flood hazard data compiled by the United States government for the Great Lakes in 25 years.

Under these riverine scoping efforts, a key phase in this study process is FEMA’s consultation with local communities through the conduct of a scoping meeting and the collection of data. FEMA uses these scoping meetings and follow-up conversation to collect information that will contribute to a better understanding of local flood risk conditions. A second purpose of this outreach is to provide a venue for sharing information related to study methodology and schedules.

County: Baraga, MI
Monday, August 11, 2014: 1pm – 3pm
Village of L’Anse
Council Chambers
101 N. Main Street
L’Anse, MI 49946

County: Alger, MI
Tuesday, August 12, 2014: 10am – Noon
Alger County Courthouse
101 Court Street
Munising, MI 49862

County: Mackinac, MI
Wednesday, August 13, 2014: 1pm – 3pm
St. Ignace Public Library
110 W. Spruce Street
St. Ignace, MI 49781

County: Emmet, MI
Wednesday, August 13, 2014: 1pm – 3pm
Bear Creek Township
373 North Division Road
Petoskey, MI 49770

County: Antrim, MI
Wednesday, August 13, 2014: 5pm – 7pm
Torch Lake Township
2355 N US-31
Kewadin, MI 49648

County: Benzie, MI
Thursday, August 14, 2014: 1pm – 3pm
Board of Commissioners Room
448 Court Place
Beulah, MI 49617

County: Delta, MI
Thursday, August 14, 2014: 3pm – 5pm
Bay College Escanaba
Student Center, Room 525
2001 N Lincoln Road
Escanaba, MI 49829

County: Manistee, MI
Thursday, August 14, 2014: 5pm – 7pm
Manistee County Sheriff’s Office
1525 E. Parkdale Avenue
Manistee, MI 49660

Inland Scoping Schedule for Minnesota and Wisconsin Counties

The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) conducts scoping meetings to determine the riverine flood mapping update needs. These efforts are combined with the lake-wide coastal flood hazard mapping effort with the outcomes constituting the first basin-wide update of water-level statistics and flood hazard data compiled by the United States government for the Great Lakes in 25 years.

Under these riverine scoping efforts, a key phase in this study process is FEMA’s consultation with local communities through the conduct of a scoping meeting and the collection of data. FEMA uses these scoping meetings and follow-up conversation to collect information that will contribute to a better understanding of local flood risk conditions. A second purpose of this outreach is to provide a venue for sharing information related to study methodology and schedules.

County: Kewaunee, WI
Monday, July 14, 2014: 1pm – 3pm
Kewaunee County Building
Health and Human Services Training Room
810 Lincoln Street
Kewaunee, WI 54216

County: Marinette, WI
Tuesday, July 15, 2014: 9:30am – 11:30am
Stephenson Public Library Community Room
1700 Hall Avenue
Marinette, WI 54143

County: Ashland, WI
Wednesday, July 16, 2014: 10am – 12 noon
Vaughn Public Library
2nd Floor Meeting Room
502 Main Street W
Ashland, WI 54806

County: St Louis, MN
Thursday, July 17, 2014: 9:30am – 11:30am
City Hall
Conference Room 303
411 W. 1st Street
Duluth, MN 55802

Coastal Scoping Meetings Announced for Lake Superior and Lake Huron

View the dates and locations of the upcoming Coastal Scoping Meetings for counties on Lake Superior and Lake Huron:

Lake Superior
View Map of Coastal Scoping Meetings for Lake Superior [.pdf]

Counties: Bayfield and Ashland, WI
Wednesday, April 30, 2014: 9am -12 noon
Vaughn Public Library
502 West Main Street
Ashland, WI 54806

Counties: St. Louis, MN and Douglas, WI
Thursday, May 1, 2014: 9am – 12 noon
County Building
1316 N 14th St
Conf Room 270
Superior, WI 54880

Counties: Cook and Lake, MN
Thursday, May 1, 2014: 1:30 pm – 4:30pm
Council Chambers at City Hall
522 First Avenue
Two Harbors, MN 55616

Counties: Baraga, Marquette and Alger, MI
Friday, May 9, 2014: 8:30am – 11:30am
Marquette County Courthouse
234 W Baraga Ave
Room 41
Marquette, MI 49855

Lake Huron
View Map of Coastal Scoping Meetings for Lake Huron [.pdf]

Counties: Sanilac and St. Clair, MI
Monday, May 5, 2014: 8:30am – 11:30am
Lexington Community Center
6964 Huron Avenue
Lexington, MI 48450

Counties: Bay and Huron, MI
Monday, May 5, 2014: 2pm – 5pm
City Hall Room 317
301 Washington Avenue
Bay City, MI 48708

Counties: Iosco and Arenac, MI
Tuesday May 6, 2014: 8:30am – 11:30am
East Tawas City Hall
760 Newman Street
East Tawas, MI 48730

Counties: Alpena and Alcona, MI
Tuesday, May 6, 2014: 2pm – 5pm
Alpena Township Conference Room
4385 US 23 North
Alpena, MI 49707

Counties: Cheboygan and Presque Isle, MI
Wednesday, May 7, 2014: 8:30am – 11:30am
Cheboygan City Hall
403 N. Huron Street
Cheboygan, MI 49721

Counties: Chippewa and Mackinac, MI
Thursday, May 8, 2014: 9:00am – Noon
Bayliss Public Library Community Room
511 Library Drive
Sault Ste Marie, MI 49783