Harris honored as Floodplain Manager of the Year

posted Dec 21, 2015, 8:15 AM by Mary Peck

The Oklahoma Flood Managers Association recently honored Jana Harris, South Western Oklahoma Development Authority (SWODA) director of community and economic development and E911, as the J. Gavin Brady Floodplain Manager of the Year. This recognition is presented to an individual who has demonstrated dedication through the administration of his/her community’s floodplain management program in accomplishing the goals of flood loss reduction and the prevention of loss of life.

Harris and her team took to the streets of Elk City in June to conduct initial assessment of the flood damage done on Saturday, May 23. The team photographed flooded structures and gathered location data by using global position system (GPS) equipment.

This information was then compiled in a report for FEMA to assist them in making their initial assessment. The report assists Governor Mary Fallin and the federal government in declaring a disaster that then makes assistance available to individuals.

Debora Glasgow, SWODA executive director, remarked, “ SWODA appreciates the opportunity to provide flood plain management services to the City of Elk City. We offer flood plain management services to all eight of our counties.