The city of Corvallis has been recognized by the Federal Emergency Management Agency for its work on flood prevention issues.
FEMA identified Corvallis as a Class 6 on its 1-10 Community Rating System, up from a 7 in previous years.
Corvallis has the second-highest ranking — CRS Class 6 — among Oregon cities. Portland has a CRS Class 5.
Being rated CRS Class 6 means that Corvallis residents living in flood plains receive a 20 percent discount on flood insurance. When the city had a CRS Class 7 rating, flood plain residents received 15 percent discounts.
FEMA representative George Currin presented Corvallis Mayor Julie Manning with a plaque noting the city’s improvement in flood issues at Monday’s City Council meeting.
“We’re really proud of the fact that we are able to do these kinds of things to help out our citizens,” said Corvallis Public Works Department Director Mary Steckel.
Among the proactive moves the city has taken to boost its ranking, according to Steckel, are providing flood zone information to citizens, including an annual citywide mailing to increase awareness, mandating higher development standards in flood plains and regular storm water system and drain inspections.
Also assisting the ranking is the fact that the city has 388 acres of open space within the flood plain.