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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Thursday, October 13, 2016
Tim Rubert, Plans Examiner & Floodplain Manager, (360) 754-3355, rubert@co.thurston.wa.us

Open House Nov. 3 Highlights Changes to Flood Maps on Puget Sound and Capitol Lake
Federal Emergency Management Agency releases preliminary maps

Olympia, WA - Draft flood map revisions along the Puget Sound coastline and Capitol Lake, and what they mean for property owners, will be discussed during a November 3, 2016 open house in Olympia.

The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has issued preliminary maps showing revisions to the 100-year floodplain, which has a 1 percent chance of flooding in any year.

The revised flood insurance rate maps will help community officials and local residents identify flood risks and when adopted, will be used for flood insurance and for land use and development decisions.

Property owners and residents will have a chance to learn about the flood mapping process and what the changes mean for them at the open house, scheduled for 6:00 PM on Thursday, November 3, 2016 at the Olympia City Council Chambers located at 601 Fourth Avenue East in Olympia.

Thurston County and the city of Olympia encourage property owners to examine the preliminary maps, attend the November 3 open house and ask questions about how revisions could affect them. Preliminary maps can be reviewed on-line.or in person at the Thurston County Permit Assistance Center on the second floor of the Thurston County Courthouse off of 2000 Lakeridge Drive SW in Olympia.

Flooding is the nation's most common and most expensive natural disaster. According to national statistics, homes inside high-risk flood areas have a 26 percent chance of being damaged by flooding over the life of a 30-year mortgage, compared with a 9 percent chance of sustaining fire damage.

More information on flooding and flood safety is available here.To learn more about federal flood insurance, visit Flood Smart.



County Commissioners:

Carolina Mejia
District 1

Gary Edwards
District 2

Tye Menser
District 3