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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Thursday, November 8, 2012
Contact:
Mark J. Swartout, Community Rating System Coordinator, 360-709-3079

Public Invited to Comment on County Flood Mitigation Plan


Thurston County invites citizens to comment on a draft of the Thurston County Flood Hazard Mitigation Plan, which takes a macro view of countywide flood issues and identifies 32 actions through a facilitated process that focuses on meeting these objectives.

With completion of this plan, the county can become one of the top-rated counties in the nation as determined by the federal Community Rating System (CRS). Currently, Thurston County has earned a 25% discount for flood insurance rates through discounts awarded for mitigation and preparedness actions.

The plan reduces the risk for flooding through floodplain management and mitigation activities with specific tasks, assignments and deadlines. The plan, which fulfils requirements for obtaining state or federal assistance, also promotes education for floodplain residents about flood hazards, loss reduction measures and beneficial functions of floodplains.

The draft plan and instructions on submitting comments is available on the county's website at: www.co.thurston.wa.us/planning/natural-res/natural-floodplan-update.htm

The public can also comment on the plan at a public meeting on Wednesday, November 14, from 5:30 to 7:00 p.m. at the Emergency Coordination Center at 9521 Tilley Rd. SW.

Recent floods have shown that floods need to be addressed on a countywide basis. The floods of 2007-2009 cost county residents more than $10 million in uninsured property losses. Even through drainage basin plans and flood plans have been adopted for some watersheds, these plans do not cover all unincorporated areas.

Comments on the draft flood mitigation plan will be accepted until the close of a Public Hearing on the subject held on Tuesday, December 11 at 3:00 p.m. at the Thurston County Courthouse, 2000 Lakeridge Dr. SW, Building #1, Room 280.

Please direct comments and questions on the Draft Flood Plan to Mark Swartout, Natural Resources Program Manager, Thurston County Planning Department, swartom@co.thurston.wa.us

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County Commissioners:

Carolina Mejia
District 1

Gary Edwards
District 2

Tye Menser
District 3