Flooding in Lake Oswego: Past, Present & Future and How the National Flood Insurance Program Works 2/24
Lake Oswego City Floodplain Manager Rob Amsberry and Christine Shirley from the Oregon Department of Land and Conservation Development will present a special two-part program on flooding in Lake Oswego and how the NFIP helps. Amsberry an engineering program lead who has worked for the city for 34 years, will share an overview of the historic flooding that has taken place in Lake Oswego, the location of local floodplains and the evolution of local floodplain maps. He’ll also describe what work has been done on the local level to lessen the impact of flooding and the requirements for developing in a FEMA-designated floodplain. Shirley will talk about the National Flood Insurance Program, which was established by Congress in 1968 to reduce the impact of flooding on public and private structures by providing affordable insurance to property owners, renters and businesses and by encouraging communities to adopt and enforce floodplain management regulations. She’ll discuss how flood risks and losses affect insurance costs and how you might respond to keep costs down.
Rob Amsberry is an Engineering Program Lead for the City of Lake of Oswego where he has worked for the past 34 years. He manages the design and construction of capital improvement projects, conducts stormwater reviews of proposed developments and performs the duties of floodplain manager. Rob has a BS in Civil Engineering Technology from Oregon Institute of Technology and is a Certified Floodplain Manager. His continued education has been focused on stream restoration, low impact development approaches (LIDA) for stormwater management and floodplain management.
Christine Shirley served as the State of Oregon’s National Flood Insurance Program Coordinator at the Department of Land and Conservation Development from 2006 to 2018. In that role, she worked with Oregon cities, counties, building owners, surveyors, real estate agents, and others to help them understand the nuances of the NFIP and how to effectively apply it to their situation. Christine continues to work at the DLCD as the Climate Change Resilience Coordinator where she is spearheading an update to the Oregon Climate Change Adaptation Framework.