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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Friday, May 19, 2017
Contact:
Paul B. Brewster, Senior Planner, Thurston Regional Planning Council, 360-741-2526, or brewstp@trpc.org 

Public Invited to Provide Input on the Thurston County Flood Hazard Mitigation Plan
Public are invited to share their experiences and take short survey

OLYMPIA – Thurston County and the Thurston Regional Planning Council invites residents to an open house on Thursday, May 25, to share their flood experiences and ideas to help shape the update to the Thurston County Flood Hazard Mitigation Plan. The plan is a strategic blueprint that identifies a variety of activities and programs that will help the county overcome the impacts of flood disasters.

What: Thurston County Hazards Mitigation Plan Public Meeting
When: Thursday, May 25, 2017
Time: 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Where: Thurston County Emergency Management, 9521 Tilley Road S. Olympia WA 98512
Attendees can learn:
  • Possible flood hazards where they live
  • If flood insurance right for them and if are they are eligible for a discount
  • Steps for preventing flood damage
Background
Maintaining a current flood plan is a requirement of Thurston County’s participation in the National Flood Insurance Program’s Community Rating System (CRS). As a CRS community, Thurston County performs a variety of comprehensive flood management activities such as public education and outreach, obtaining grants to assist homeowners with elevating their homes, and preventing new development in the county’s floodplains. As an incentive for exceeding basic National Flood Insurance Program planning requirements, Thurston County property owners within the 100-year flood plain receive a 40% discount on their flood insurance premiums. Properties outside of the 100-year flood plain receive a 10% insurance discount.

Residents, business owners, and other stakeholders can help shape the plan by attending a public meeting or taking the short flood hazards survey

To learn more about the process to update the Thurston County Flood Hazard Mitigation Plan, visit www.trpc.org/floodplan.

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County Commissioners:

John Hutchings
District One

Gary Edwards
District Two

Bud Blake
District Three