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					  NFIP EXTENDED
                                                                 The B.F.E.*
                                                                 *Base Flood Elevation
      UNTIL
  JULY 31, 2012

                              OKLAHOMA FLOODPLAIN MANAGERS ASSOCIATION
                                            NEWSLETTER
                             Volume 22 - SPRING 2012                                                            JUNE 2012

KINGFISHER OBTAINS A         KINGFISHER OBTAINS HAZARD MITIGATION GRANT TO PURCHASE 48
HAZARD MITIGATION
                        1    FLOODED PROPERTIES—BY RITA HENZE, CFM, PROJECT COORDINATOR



                             T
GRANT TO PURCHASE
48 FLOODED PROPERTIES
                                          he Kingfisher City Council
                                          collaborated with the Kingfisher
WORDS FROM THE CHAIR    2
                                          Flood Mitigation Committee
RISK MAP: THE NUTS
                                          (headed by Brian Walter, far
AND BOLTS               4    right) and the Oklahoma Conservation
                             Commission to leverage state bond funds of
BRIDGING THE GAP             $1.9 million. These funds were used to
BETWEEN OKLAHOMA
FLOODING EVENTS AND     5    match a FEMA Hazard Mitigation Grant of
FLOOD INSURANCE              $5.8 million to purchase 48 frequently
                                                                                  KINGFISHER CITY OFFICIALS— MAY 14, 2012
COVERAGE                     flooded buildings on 47 parcels in Kingfisher
                             for a total project cost of over $7.7 million.  Creek flow was split approximately 90%-10%
FLOOD INSURANCE
                        5    The grant was officially approved on April 26,  —with 69,100 cfs carried in the main channel
PROGRAM EXTENDED
                             2012.                                           and 5,400 cfs making its way through the
STATE NFIP                                                                   downtown areas. This storm was determined
COORDINATOR REPORT
                        6    Kingfisher Creek flows into the Cimarron
                                                                             to be between a 1% (100-year) and a 2% (50-
                             River about five miles northeast of the City of
                                                                             year) storm.
PONCA CITY: WHEN IT          Kingfisher. The floodplain south of the creek
RAINS, IT DOES IT ALL   6    is heavily developed and is home to a portion One of the City’s biggest concerns was
AT ONCE!
                             of the downtown commercial area along with Pioneer Telephone Company. The main
                             many residential properties.                    building contains an insured amount of $20
LEGISLATIVE UPDATE      7
                                                                             million in switchgear that would be lost in a
                             The City of Kingfisher is no stranger to
DRT CORNER              7                                                    flood.
                             troublesome flooding, but the August 2007
                             Flood was no routine event. During this
SHOW US YOUR RAIN
GAGES!
                        8    storm, flood waters inundated a large portion
                             of the downtown area causing severe
OKLAHOMA'S                   damages and disruption. High water mark
WATERSHED               9    elevations (obtained on Highway 81 where
REHABILITATION
                             the overflow occurred) were recorded as
                             nearly six feet deep. Over 100 properties
VICE-CHAIR REPORT       10
                             were flooded, many in excess of four or five
SPRING CONFERENCE            feet.
                        11
PHOTO GALLERY
                             Formed shortly after the August 2007
                             Flood, the Kingfisher Flood Mitigation
DISCOVERY: DATA NEEDS   12   Committee is accredited for obtaining $4
                             million in state funding to tackle
                             Kingfisher’s severe flooding problems.
UPCOMING EVENTS         13                                                      PIONEER TELEPHONE COMPANY—AUGUST 2007
                             During the August 2007 Flood, the Kingfisher                       (See Kingfisher, continued on page 3)

				
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