The Southwest Florida Water Management District (District) is gathering information to improve identification of flood prone areas in Pasco County’s Pithlachascotee River/Bear Creek watershed. Residents living in the Pithlachascotee River/Bear Creek watershed are invited to attend an open house on Tuesday, April 29, 2014 or Thursday, May 1, 2014 beginning each day at 4:00 p.m. The meetings will take place at River Ridge High School, located at 11646 Town Center Road, New Port Richey, Florida 34654.
District representatives will present preliminary flood information, explain the basis behind the findings, and gather additional information that may be used to identify areas that are prone to flooding. After addressing public comments, information will be finalized and presented to the District’s Governing Board for authorization to use the data for regulatory purposes. This flooding information for the Pithlachascotee River/Bear Creek watershed is not incorporated in the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Digital Flood Insurance Rate Maps (DFIRMs) that were presented to the public in June 2013. However, it may be used in future updates to the DFIRMs.
The information can be used by local governments for land use and zoning decisions, to help manage development in and around floodplains and wetlands, to reduce flood risks, to preserve land and water resources, and for emergency planning. It will also provide valuable information to the public for decisions about purchasing and protecting property.
For more information or to find out which watershed you live in, please visit WaterMatters.org/FloodRisk/. You can also call the District at (352) 796-7211, ext. 4297.
Note: The District School Board of Pasco County, Florida, is neither sponsoring nor affiliated with this event.