Thurston County facilities are now open to the public with restrictions, including maintaining physical distancing of at least six feet at all times and, per the Washington State Secretary of Health’s face covering order wearing a cloth face covering or mask. If you come to county facilities, please be prepared for potentially long wait times or lines due to distancing guidelines. We continue to encourage residents to access county services online, by phone, by email, or through the use of drop boxes located outside of county buildings.
The availability of remote services vary by office and department.

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Public Meeting – Proposed Updates to Flood Maps
The public is invited to an Open House to learn more about a proposal to redraw the Special Flood Hazard Area in unincorporated Thurston County, Tenino and Bucoda (see a proposed map online at Washington state Dept. of Ecology). Thurston County is working on this proposal in cooperation with the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA).  This change will mainly affect structures near the Skookumchuck, Black and Chehalis rivers, and Scatter Creek. Once approved, 190 structures will be removed from the flood hazard area, and 168 structures will be added. 


January 17, 2019 | 6-8 p.m.
Fairfield Inn & Suites
by Marriott Grand Mound Centralia
6223 197th Way SW,
Rochester, WA 98579

A recent study of the Lower Chehalis Watershed by FEMA more accurately represents the areas at risk for flooding. The study was conducted using newer technologies and more recent data which yielded more precise flood location data.

COMMENT IN PERSON - Join Thurston County and FEMA for the January 17 open house. During the open house you can see preliminary maps and ask questions. You can also preview a map of the proposed changes on the Washington state Dept. of Ecology website.

EMAIL YOUR COMMENTS - You may submit comments on the proposed map change to Andrew Kinney at, or call Andrew at (360) 867-2827.
SUBMIT AN ONLINE Comment Form.  The comment form includes questions that will give FEMA and the County helpful information for their review.
OPEN HOUSE - January 17th from 6-8 p.m. in Rochester. Details above. Come see the proposed preliminary map updates. County and Federal flood officials will be on hand to answer questions about proposed flood zone changes. They can also look up locations to answer specific questions about how your property may be affected.

ONLINE – Read this page to learn the details online. View the preliminary map changes on the Washington state Dept. of Ecology website..

EMAIL YOUR QUESTION - If you have questions about a current flood hazard or about permitting in unincorporated Thurston County, please contact Tim Rubert at or call Tim at (360) 867-2123. 

VIEW THE PROPOSED FLOOD-MAP CHANGES - a preliminary maps of flood hazard data and the proposed changes are on the Washington state Dept. of Ecology website.
More information about Thurston County Flood Programs is also available on the County's website.
Certified flood experts from Thurston County, the State of Washington and FEMA.