St. Clair County residents are invited to a Flood Risk Open House for the Lake Huron shoreline communities in St. Clair County. The open house will give residents the chance to review preliminary versions of a recently completed Flood Insurance Study (FIS) report and its accompanying preliminary Flood Insurance Rate Map. This FIS report and FIRM provide information on the base flood (also known as the 1-percent-annual-chance event) and on the areas of the shoreline that are subject to significant flood hazards. At the Open House, representatives from various local, state, and federal agencies will provide the most current information about flood risk, flood insurance, floodplain development regulations, and the process used to map St. Clair County’s floodplains. The newly prepared maps will also be on display. Once these maps become effective, they will be used as the basis for flood insurance rates and for local floodplain management ordinances adopted under the National Flood Insurance Program. FEMA also encourages public officials to use the effective maps as tools to assist planning processes and outreach efforts, to prepare the community to quickly respond to and recover from future events. The open house takes place this evening from 5 to 7:00 p.m. in the St. Clair County Administrative Offices Donald Dodge Auditorium.