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As of 2018, the PHB pilot program,
Johnson Creek Floodplain Home Resiliency
Program has ended.
The information available here is for reference only and may be out-of-date.
If you have questions about flood insurance,
please follow the links below for more information.
Living or working near the Johnson Creek Floodplain can be challenging. Winter rains bring the threat of flooding to the Lents and Powellhurst-Gilbert neighborhoods each year, which will likely get worse with climate change. Mandatory flood insurance is expensive and premiums are rising at up to 18% each year, threatening to displace low- and moderate-income homeowners. Additionally, existing homes can be hard to repair, which can lead to decreased property values and disinvestment, making homeowners susceptible to predatory real estate practices. Local and federal rules about development in the floodplain are complicated, which can result in some commercial lands remaining under-developed.
About 700 households in the Lents and Powellhurst-Gilbert neighborhoods are currently located in the floodplain, and these residents face real financial and environmental risks.
To determine if a home is located in a floodplain, go to www.portlandmaps.com.
Example from PortlandMaps:
In 2016, Oregon Governor Kate Brown designated the “Lents Stabilization and Job Creation Collaborative” as an Oregon Solutions project to protect floodplain homeowners, prevent displacement, promote business growth, and increase local jobs by reducing Johnson Creek flood impacts in the Lents and Powellhurst-Gilbert neighborhoods. This two-year project brings together residents, industrial landowners, elected officials, and local, state, and federal agencies in a coordinated effort to:
To learn more about the Oregon Solutions process, its progress, and the partners involved, click here.
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