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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Monday, November 24, 2008
Connie Rivera, Community Housing Program Manager, 360-709-3065

Victims of Last Year’s Floods invited to Apply for Home Elevation Grants

​OLYMPIA –Certain residents of the Chehalis and Deschutes River basins in Thurston County are invited to a special meeting to find out about Thurston County 's Flood Elevation Grant Program.  This program is for homeowners in those watersheds whose homes were damaged during the December 2007 flood.

Thurston County has received an $811,000 grant from the Washington State Department of Community, Trade and Economic Development to elevate homes in the Chehalis River and Deschutes River watersheds.   The funding is in the form of a grant, will not require repayment and participation in the program is completely voluntary.  The Flood Elevation Grant Program provides up to $25,000 to help defray the cost of elevating homes to the correct standards under the National Flood Insurance Program.  This consists of lifting the home and constructing a code compliant foundation to support the home above flood water levels.  The program is limited to individuals whose income is below 80 % of Thurston County 's median income living in the watersheds. 

At the meeting on December 4th, Thurston County Commissioners and Development Services staff will describe the process for taking part in the Flood Elevation Grant Program and will answer questions.

Those interested in the grants are asked to fill out a confidential form based on their 2008 income.  The information will be used to determine Washington State Department of Community, Trade and Economic Development income eligibility.

Community Meeting on Flood Elevation Grants

Time/Date:                    7 PM Thursday, December 4th,

Place:                            Rochester Organization of Families
                                     10140 Highway 12 SW, Rochester

Those who have grant eligibility questions should contact Connie Rivera at 360-709-3065.  Questions regarding the home elevation program can be directed to Joe Butler with Development Services at 360-786-5490.

County Commissioners:

Carolina Mejia
District 1

Gary Edwards
District 2

Tye Menser
District 3