Tillamook, OR -- Drivers passing the old Tillamook Inn site off of Highway 101 are welcomed with a new message atop a towering billboard: "FLOODS HAPPEN! Protect yourself and your community (get National Flood Insurance)!" FEMA Acting Regional Director Tammy Doherty, who will be joining state and local government officials and community leaders at the Tillamook City Hall for "official dedication" observances and site visits next Tuesday, likes it! "Tillamook has a national reputation for innovative projects to make Tillamook more disaster-resistant," said Doherty. "This is one more good idea in an impressive chain of many."
Tillamook City Manager Mark Gervasi couldn't agree more. "We have the dubious distinction of being one of the Pacific Northwest's most flood-prone developed areas, and the old Tillamook Inn site suffered serious flooding virtually every flood season since '96," said Gervasi. "FEMA's Hazard Mitigation Grant Program helped us acquire and remove the Inn property and rezone it for open use. The sign was already on the site - and offered an opportunity that was just too good to pass up!"